Megan DeShazo recently interviewed me for Connect. Connect is a quarterly mini-magazine created by Modular Services Company. She describes it as “an industry news experience with the goal to connect professionals involved in healthcare design.” MD: Tell me about your story. You are a family physician turned full time, fine art photographer/artist. Obviously your passion… Read More
Poster art is widely used in hospitals because it is cheap. Many people spend more on the frame than they do on the mass-produced print. One problem with poster art is that the colors quickly fade; often in 3-5 years. Warm colors are the first to disappear which leaves a blue-cast to the print. In contrast… Read More
The most common art in hospitals is printed art. Since printmaking allows multiples of the same piece, the price is more likely to fit the budget. The Printed Picture by Richard Benson is a new book that traces the changing technology of printmaking from the Renaissance to the present. The book has very high quality illustrations and… Read More
Archival is simply the ability of something to last for many years. Given enough time all things will deteriorate because entropy rules. This sad fact is explained by of the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
How long prints have to last before they can be considered archival is debatable. As a general rule, prints can be called archival if they shows no perceptible change over 100-years assuming they will be kept away from prolonged periods of direct sunlight.
Direct sunlight can be very damaging to any art. We think of oil paintings as something that will endure for centuries, but if they are exposed to harsh conditions paintings can fade much quicker.
To the left is a oil painting I made a decade ago. It was just a copy of a Van Gogh painting I did for practice when I was in Art School. Since it had no value, I thought it would be interesting to see how it would tolerate the elements, so I nailed it to the south side of our barn, fully exposed to the sun. Now after ten years it has faded considerably.
So what can you do in a healthcare setting to assure your prints won't fade in a decade?
- Insist that the art you buy is made with archival methods (pigment-based ink, acid-free paper)
- Make sure your art is not exposed to direct sunlight.
- Use some form of UV protection (UV glass and/or a protective varnish).
I discussed this idea on my March 29th post "Why is it Important to be Archival"
Poster Art is a widely used way to put up a pictures in a Hospital without breaking the budget. Posters are mass produced on on cheap paper to keep down cost. The colors may not be as vivid and it certainly won’t be archival, but they are cheap. The trouble is that poster art looks… Read More