Some Thoughts on Contemporary Graphic Print




Art, artist, cultural, culture, technologies, technology.


The production requirements of original graphic works of art have changed since 1980. The development of digital printing using lightfast colors now rivals traditional techniques such as wood cut, screen print, lithography, etching etc. Today, with respect to artistic legitimacy, original graphics using traditional printing techniques compete with original graphics produced by digital printing techniques on the art market. What criteria distinguish traditional printing techniques from those of digital printing in the production and acquisition of original graphics? What consequences is the serious artist faced with when deciding to implement digital print production? How does digital print change original graphic acquisition decisions?

Author Biography

  • Stefan Skiba, Atelier Stefan Skiba Hohenlohestraße 16 28209 Bremen Germany

    Stefan Skiba’s visual art

    1. The artist Stefan Skiba’s life com­prises three distinct phases.
    a. The perception phase: - Memories - Experiences - Fears and hopes - Dreams.
    b. The reflection phase in which he reflects, »distinguishes«* and perceives.
    c. The production phase in which he produces what is »observable«*: A universal »sign language«** / a »code consisting of geometric forms«** »with content-related marking«*.
    The artist Stefan Skiba displayed both enthusiasm and passion in each of these three phases.

    2. Stefan Skiba’s visual art is independent. Neither religion, nor politics nor the world of business can exploit his art for their own ends.

    3. Artistic quality is achieved when form and content come closest. It is then that the resulting likeness most close­ly approximates the theme, namely essence of the original image.

    4. Observers, no matter where they may find themselves in the world, can »relate graphic symbols to an identification code«**, »distinguish between reality«* and perceive art. 
    Stefan Skiba’s visual art aims at - sensitising the perception of inner and outer images, - enhancing the powers of visualisation and - developing both the conscious and subconscious.

    * Niklas Luhmann, Art as a Social System
    ** Umberto Eco, The Role of the Reader: Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts


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