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This article has been written and submitted by Noeleen Kleve. She has used this technique for her exhibited print Misconstruction.

The photopolymer, a relatively young intaglio process (about 30 years old) is environmentally friendly, because no acid is employed during the plate production. The process involves light-sensitive plates, using drawings and positive imagery. The photopolymer plate (or matrix) is printed as with etching.

Like etching, this process begins with a brass or copper plate, but also incorporates a light-sensitive film adhered to the plate. The artist’s image can originate from a hand- or digitally-based artwork, which is then transformed into a high quality half-tone film positive. The polymer plate is exposed to the positive after an initial exposure to an aquatint screen. The plate is developed in a mild alkaline solution, which washes away the unhardened photopolymer creating fine recessed crevices.

The photopolymer plate is hand-inked and printed in the same manner as a traditional etched plate for each individual print, using an etching press.



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We are very excited to have the opportunity to bring contemporary South African art to browsers world-wide!
We hope you enjoy this first group of exhibitions by artists who bring their unique visions to their creative work.

There will be many more in the year ahead, so we hope you will visit our site often.

Our blog will regularly post information about the artist’s techniques and working methods to add to your appreciation of the work.

Thanks for visiting us! Happy viewing, from the outoftheCUBE team.


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