I have always been interested in Fine Art. My training in photography was through studying art. As a young boy in High School, I would go to the museums and study paintings from Old Masters as well as abstract from artists like Jackson Pollack and the unique style of Any Warhol. Fine art paintings vary in the use of rich and deep colors like Burnt Sienna and Cadmium Red.
There is a significant difference between Fine Art and Photographic imaging. Photographic images relate to shades of colors while Fine Art relates to individual colors. Reproducing Fine Art Paintings can stress reproduction technology from scanning to printing. The range of color varies from subtle to outrageous colors with deep Violets, Reds, Browns, Purples, and more. Artists can choose from a wide pallet range of color, where inkjet printing for the most part are constrained to a basic CMYK or Hexachrome with Orange and Green. While inkjet inks have come along way, they do not come close to what a painter has in his or her pallet.
We determined in order to reproduce the wide range of color; it is important to have a wider range of color inks. I think you would agree, but there is more to it than just more color. Color inks should add to the brilliance and reflectiveness of the image on non-gloss media. Colors should cover as closely as possible to the range of color used by painters.
It is for that reason we have created the Symphony 12 in 2004. The closest printer Epson has to offer is the 9900. We chose to illuminate LLK for Violet Ink.
Symphony 12 adds Burnt Sienna as the 12 color. This approach obviously needs a Rip and that is the beginning of understanding the melting of Art and Science.
Let me say that all reproductions of Art do not require a wide pallet of color, but there some dynamic paintings that truly need a rich and vibrant ink.
I would love to hear comments on scanning and print reproduction.