The creative impulse is described as the urge to create so strong that artworks have appeared in all cultures, from the earliest days of humankind. Images made by people are uniquely human and we do it so often and so naturally that we take if for granted.
Alicia Lorente knows that energy that propels her art production all too well. A professional photographer, she has been making art since a few years, opting for large format and striking forms. The creative impulse that drives her to work in such a large scale and with such intensity is a demanding taskmaster. The latest series of works took close to two years to produce, and the results are impressive.
Lorente incorporated gold leaf into her work, having briefly researched the technique of applying the delicate film of pure precious metal. Laid in horizontal or vertical stripes of different width across a black, textured background, or in giant circles that swirl and dissipate, the gold immediately takes centre stage, directing the eye in an unexpected visual storyboard as they converse with each other. Several smaller works present a scaled down version of the large pieces, and look more like fragments of jewelry. There are 17 in all in this series, and they have turned the artist's spacious atelier into a high-end contemporary art gallery.
Alicia Lorente was born in Spain, and now lives and works in Montreal. She is one of hundreds of artist inhabiting this exciting metropolis who labour alone in their studios, without the benefit of a gallery or art dealer. They are just as talented, in many cases more so, as the artists whose works hang in the countless galleries that make Montreal so exotic to visitors. It is therefore a particular treat when they open their studios to the public; an opportunity not only to see works that otherwise would not be seen, and to take a peek into the inner sanctum of the artist.
Creativity does not depend on inherited talent or on environment or upbringing; it is the function of the ego of every human being. (Silvano Arieti)
In combination with the latest printing technology, The Picturalist uses 100% archival rag paper and archival inks, to achieve stunning prints in rich, vivid colors. We print on thick, white, premium grade matte papers from worldy renowned suppliers like Hahnemühle, Canson and Legion Papers.
You have the choice of using a mat or not.
Without a mat:
You can frame the artwork you choose without a mat on 2 variations: Without a white border or "full bleed", meaning the frame will slightly overlap the artwork by 1/4 inch.
or "with a white border all around" typically 2 inch thick.
If you choose to have your print with a mat, we offer thick acid free mats featuring a sharp angled edge that highlights the artwork.
With a mat:
Depending on the artwork you choose, consider using the "off-white" mat for antique prints with a black frame.
If you desire a more contemporary look, consider a white frame and a "thick white mat".
We also offer a "black mat" on certain number of specific prints, for a dramatic contrast.
We call this method of framing "floating" for two reasons. First, we attach your art to an acid-free foam core lift, hidden behind the work but mounted to a supporting white mat. We then use a spacer to create a gap between the plexiglass and the surface of your work. The result is a look that keeps your art "floated" in the center of the frame. The foam core lift creates adds a slight shadow around your art and a sense of depth, drawing extra attention and makes it more special.
Our framed prints feature real wood mouldings and UV acrylic glass. Our acrylic glass is more expensive than glass, but we use it because it’s clearer, far more impact resistant, and protects your art against UV rays. Framing-grade acrylic has become a new standard in framing.
Our framed artwork comes ready with a wire to hang on your wall.
At The Picturalist, we check each artwork by hand before it leaves the premises. We then place it in a protective cover inside art-secure packaging. We offer door to door delivery to your home or to your drop-ship location on weekdays and Saturdays.
Consult our overall and print dimensions chart here.