Prints on aluminum have been around for a couple of years. The results look good (high gloss and high contrast) and we are told that they have tremendous permanence and scratch resistance. The technique involves the heat transfer (sublimation) of special inks into a sheet of coated aluminum and all the materials (including ink cartridges compatible with my printer) are available. Several labs also advertise that they use the process.
The main deterrent is the awfulness of most metal prints I’ve seen for sale and on display. The subjects have been unimaginative and the images oversaturated. They looked like badly designed cheap jewelry, or a passing fashion that we would not miss when it went away.
I decided to give it a try using using one of my favorite pictures from this year (Ice on Alders) and printing at a size which would be good for wall display (30”x40”) even though the overall cost - print, float hanging system, crate and shipping – it all adds up was way above what we could afford.
I was truly blown away by the result. It looks stunning. The mount works beautifully with only one hook and once hung in our living room and lit using our track lights it looks like an “art object”.
Ice on Alders
Brinsley Burbidge, 2013
The first image I had printed on aluminum, 30" x 40".