is an expressive, technically interesting and diverse artistic
genre. There are several methods for making prints, and new
ones are constantly being developed.
There is a specialized
community of artists involved in printmaking in Finland, focusing
both on expression in graphic art and on the development of
methods. They use the traditional gravure, lithography, woodcut
and silk screen methods but are also quick to take up new
methods. Carborundum and photograph-based methods such as
polymer gravure and ImageOn have caught on rapidly in Finland.
An increasing number of printmakers is interested in digital
image processing and in computer-aided graphic art in general.
However, a method is never more than a means to an end. Each
artist selects whichever techniques best serve the desired
artistic end result.
Photo: Detail of In
a class of its own by Pälvi Hanni. Soft ground, copy
etching, chine collé, aquatint, 2000.