The Big Picture - May 2013 - (Page 22)
Four companies embracing ﬁne art and artists.
by Adrienne Palmer
“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart
of man go together,” said John Ruskin, the leading English
art critic of the Victorian era.
Similarly, ﬁ ne-art printing involves the hand, the head,
and the heart as well, but also the scanner or camera, the
printer, the media, the laminate, and the right team for
If you have the tools and the team, and you’re looking
for a way to expand your shop’s oﬀerings, ﬁne-art printing
is an output niche to consider. It can develop into a lucrative specialty if you’re willing to master the craft, understand the subtleties of the artist’s eye, work the details, and
realize that there may be speed-bumps along the way.
Some of these bumps might include: precise image
capture; ﬁ le manipulation; color matching and management; and, of course, output that has to meet sometimesunrealistic customer expectations.
The four companies we proﬁ le here have managed to
ﬁnd ways to address and balance all of these challenges and
others in unique ways in their operations. As a result, they
have succeeded in their embrace of ﬁne-art printmaking
and serving their respective clients.
Eye Buy Art: Art for the masses
Eye Buy Art’s strategy is to “reach large, uncontested markets with aﬀordable editions, and to appeal to the sophisticated collector of emerging art,” says Emily McInnes,
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director of the Toronto-based business. “We want more
people buying art.”
The carefully curated online art gallery represents
emerging photographers from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. More than 50 artists regularly
work with the company to have reproductions of their artwork created and then sold, plus Eye Buy Art has shipped
to 22 countries and continues to expand.
The buying customers at Eye Buy Art – the consumers
purchasing its artists’ works – are “seeking a reliable source
for emerging art, that want guidance on how to build a
collection,” says McInnes, so the company is picky about
the artists they choose; they have to be invited just to send
in an application. “We look at photographers who have won
the annual juried Flash Forward Competition, or who have
been recommended to us by a team of insider curatorial
advisors,” says McInnes. “This is an important aspect of
what we do. We oﬀer ﬁne art that is aﬀordable and that has
a high degree of integrity and potential to increase in value.
We do this by working with a jury of professionals in the
ﬁeld of art and photography who are at the leading edge of
what they do – they are on the ground and in the know.”
Eye Buy Art does none of its own printing, instead
choosing to serve as the liaison between artist and print
provider. About two years ago, the company made a printprovider switch to Toronto Image Works (torontoimageworks.com), founded by photographer Edward Burtynsky.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Big Picture - May 2013
The Big Picture - May 2013
Graphics on the Go
Textile Printing’s Transformation
Advances in Rollfeds
Taking the Fine-Art Plunge
Ink Quest 2013
The Big Picture - May 2013