The Chiarograph is a fusion of traditional printmaking and digital technology. The characteristic of the Chiarograph medium
is unique: while each one has a pattern or part of an image that is repeated, the individual hand painting preparation results in a one of a kind print. Thus, no two prints are identical. The beauty of this media
is also in its spontaneity and its combination of printmaking and painting.Each piece in these limited editions is carefully hand created using a proprietary technique called Chiarography (pronounced keer-ography) which requires hand preparation. First, each archival acid-free
black paper undergoes multiple hand brushed basecoats of various medias, which will become the printed area. This hand application of basecoats create the brush stroke texture behind the printed image and ensures each piece in the edition is unique.Using archival inks the chiarograph printing process identifies the undercoat and prints only on the hand painted area thereby applying the artwork over the texture, and out to the edges of the brushwork. This creates a uniquely organic effect to the outer border of each image. Each work of art is then hand-embellished by Harrison Ellenshaw before undergoing three separate coats of hand applied varnish which provides UV protection and results in a luminous sheen to the finish.