Art in Motion. 3D Lenticular

Art in Motion. 3D Lenticular

Throughout time there have been many artists who have experimented with perspective, depth and visual games.

One of the most gimmicky games is the lenticular effect. This is a printing technique, performed on lenses interlocking images and simulating the feeling depth and being able to see some images or other ones while the viewer changes hte angle of the image.

It looks like something contemporary but "experiments" with this technique dates from the seventeenth century.

Here we see an example of a real portrait of the French painter Bois-Clair, who discovered in 1692 that he could get a multidimensional effect on canvas by superimposing a grid of vertical lathes between the viewer and the canvas.

But the first printings that we can describe as lenticular date from 1930 and belong to Victor Anderson. In the 40s the company Vari-Vue produced thousands of lenticular images that were applied to cards, postcards, badges of political campaigns and even advertasing pages in magazines.

It is a technique that gained momentum in the decades of the 60s and 70s, when corporations recognized its advertising value. Also many artists have used this technique to their works, many of them with a psychedelic character.

One of the most famous artists of pop art, Roy Lichtenstein, used this technique in some of his works as in the so-called "Fish and Sky" which uses this technique together with the one that bears his own name.

This represents a landscape, where you can see the sky, uses photography, mountains, which applies the Linchestien technique and the sea, with 3D Lenticular effect. This work was sold at auction in 2012 for the value of $ 6,250.

Another representative work both of modern art and of lenticular printing is the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Chris Levine called "Lightness of Being" in 2004.

To create this work, Levine and his team took about 10,000 images of the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Although for portraiture these only nine were used. In the following link you can see this fantastic piece and part of its making-off:

Other important authors that have used this technique are:

Remember to check their work because it is truly magnificent.

We hope you enjoyed this little "art walk". If you want to know more about this technique you can read our blog entry:



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