When Phoenix artist Daniel Prendergast was searching for a medium to showcase his garden-centered artwork, he discovered our newest ArtisanHD product: ChromaLuxe® dye-sub hd metal prints. The sleek shine of the glossy white aluminum brought his photography to life, and just in time for his solo art show at Five15 Arts last month!
Photography Shines on HD Metal Prints
We’re proud to say that the Prendergast printing magic took place right in the ArtisanHD print shop. It was so fun to see the brilliance of his artwork revealed on the lightweight metal.
An Introduction to Artisan
Daniel was first introduced to ArtisanHD when noted local Arizona painter Beth Ames Swartz scheduled a tour for a large group of professional artists who might be interested in the array of Artisan’s services. Here he saw the new ChromaLuxe® dye-sub hd metal prints and was intrigued as to how his artwork would look on the aluminum. “I’d seen some beautifully rich dye sublimation prints from a digital artist in a Scottsdale gallery,” Daniel said. “[I] asked Artisan’s Mike Goldner about the process.”
The ChromaLuxe® printing process is truly unique. The image is infused directly into the metal print, rather than printed directly on the surface. The infusion, or sublimation, gives the print long-lasting durability and protection from scratching. Not to mention the beautiful high definition quality and depth that really has to be seen in person – like at an art show!
HD Metal Prints: Prendergast Preps for the Show
Inspiration Cultivated in the Garden
Daniel’s garden-centric artwork and show focus on the cycles of nature – an ongoing fascination for the artist. “The garden seems both a still, peaceful place and the site of swirling, roiling conflict,” commented Daniel. “There is expectation. Birth and death are in their perpetual dance.”
His pieces capture different cycles from different perspectives, such as single bloom or stone figure keeping watch.
“A blank canvas likewise begins with the application of unplanned marks as I contemplate a theme. From there, the randomness is wrestled into organization through both addition and obliteration of the formal elements.”
-Daniel Prendergast, Photographer and Artist
The artwork gets an unusual start, too. Daniel likes to begin his abstract work with the “discarded canvases of random hobbyist painters.” He then adds to the existing marks. He likes to allow just enough of the past to shine through, which then shows him the changes he needs to make to get to a present piece. He likens this to the effects of time on materiality.