Science Fiction themes are common in my work. This isn’t surprising since I’ve been reading it for over 60 years! This print takes inspiration from the Robot stories of Isaac Asimov. In it, a metallic looking figure stands in a very human pose, although in Asimov’s original stories the robots could pass for human.
The idea of an artificial being is an old literary theme, going back well before Frankenstein. It certainly goes back the story of Pygmalion. The word robot however only dates to 1921. It was first used in a science fiction play called R.U.R, by the Czech writer Karel Čapek. R.U.R. stands for Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti (Rossum’s Universal Robots.) It premiered on 25 January 1921 and introduced the word “robot” to the English language and to science fiction as a whole. In many ways the theme of the play is similar to the modern TV series Humans.
It is available as an open edition in two sizes:
* about 11” x 8” – unmounted or mounted. The mount will fit a standard 16″ x12″ frame (approx 40 cm x 30 cm)
* about 16” x 10” – unmounted
I will sign the print on the image and on the reverse.
It is produced on a matt finish art paper about 300gsm. The quoted dimensions are approximate and refer to the size of the image not the paper sheet on which it is printed. All prints have a minimum border of 0.5 inches to allow for framing.
If you would like your mount in another size please contact me for price and delivery time, before ordering.
You are buying the physical print only. I retain all other rights of reproduction. In particular, I reserve the right to use the image in other forms such as note cards and apparel. Any frame shown is for illustrative purposes only and is not included in the price.
It will be shipped flat in reinforced packaging.
To order I Robot as a notecard please see the separate listing or get in touch if you cannot find it.
About Digital Prints
I use the term Digital Print to mean an image made in the computer but always intended to be printed. I do not sell reproductions of work originally made in another medium. The digital prints I sell range from photographs with some degree of digital manipulation to images created entirely from scratch using tools like graphics tablets and a wide range of software.
In general, I only sell Open Editions. A few prints are offered here as Limited Editions, but that is because I have sold them in the past that way, and it would not be ethical to change their status. Open Edition means there is no limit on the number or size of copies sold. Prices are slightly lower to reflect the difference.
I made the change because there is no practical art related reason to limit the edition. Drypoint plates will wear out, collagraph plates will break up or distort, but every print from a computer file is always exactly the same (setting aside variations caused by changing the printer used.)
I print everything to order, using a Canon Pro9500 Mark II printer and genuine Canon pigment inks. I use a limited selection of papers generally from Fotospeed or Olmec. Using the same printer, ink and paper combination ensures consistent quality.