Ravensbourne College of Art (1982-1983)
Croydon College of Art (1983-1985)
Kent Institute of Art & Design (1998-2000)
I am a Digital Photomontage Artist, using my own digital photographs to create original digital fine art prints. I have spent many years developing my own unique style and technique, and regardless of subject matter, my work always involves multiple layers, textures and subtle colours.
I particularly like incorporating photographs of old worn or decaying surfaces – to create something visually appealing from things that are not usually perceived as being conventionally `beautiful’ or `attractive’.
My aim is to create atmospheric pieces, with depth and subtlety, that blur the boundaries between photography and fine art.
All the elements used in my photomontage images are taken from my own photographic collection to ensure that the artwork is totally original.
What is Digital Photomontage?
Photomontage is basically a `collage' created using photographs. I use the term `Digital Photomontage' to describe my work as digital photography is my starting point, and all editing is done using Photoshop software on my computer. Elements taken from a variety of images are re-arranged in layers, using different levels of opacity, to create a new composition.
What is an Original Print?
A print is an image, which has been transferred from one surface to another. Many pictures which are sold
today as 'original prints' or 'limited edition prints' are actually photographic reproductions of artworks that exist as originals in another medium. Essentially, they are just good quality, electronically generated, Giclée prints, created using inkjet printers.
An exception to this is the relatively new genre of 'digital art', which utilizes the Giclée method of printing, but is not a reproduction as described above.
Anita Klein’s explanation gives further clarity on this subject: “Real artists’ original prints are different from
reproductions in that they are original works of art in their own right. There is no original painting or drawing. Instead the image is conceived by the artist as a print from the outset. An original print is an image produced from a surface on which the artist has worked, such as a stone or wood block, a computer screen or a copper plate. This surface is intended by the artist be a stage in the creation of the artwork. The original work of art in this case is the print itself rather than the block or plate from which it is printed.”
- Anita Klein PPRE, Hon. RWS