"Apple Rings" - 1999 Gicleé Print on Watercolor Paper 20" X 24"(edition of 10)|
This watercolor painting completed in 1999 shows artist Greg Mort's lighter side in addition to his continued fascination with the astronomical world. By placing Saturn-like rings about an Earthly apple Mort cleverly shrinks the vast distance that in reality exists between those two worlds. We are also reminded of the tale of Isaac Newton and the fall of his famous apple, which inspired his notions of gravitation. Playfully the artist wonders, "Had I chosen an 'Onion' instead, it could have been called 'Onion Rings.'"
GICLEÉ is a French word which literally means "to spray." This term in the art world of fine reproductions is sometimes alongside the words IRIS PRINT, where Iris is actually the name of the printer itself. It represents the most advanced form of fine art reproduction today. The process, as the word GICLEÉ implies, utilizes the spraying of high quality inks onto a variety of materials. This creates a near continuous tone of rich color that is at the same time durable. Canvas, fine drawing stock, even archival watercolor papers, rough and smooth alike can receive the appropriate pigments easily because there isn't the need for the traditional plates that must come into play with off-set lithography. Large-scale works can be created that invite side-by-side comparisons with the originals. The result is a dazzling product with color permanence that both artist and art collector can be proud of. Gicleé has been recognized around the world by Museums as being the pre-eminent process of fine art reproduction.