Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch


What is mezzotint?

What is mezzotint?

Mezzotint is a printmaking technique where a copper or steel plate is roughened to print solid black. The artist then smooths specific areas of the plate to create varying tones, from deep blacks to delicate grays and whites. By controlling the degree of smoothing, the artist can achieve detailed gradations of light and shadow. This method results in prints with rich, velvety textures and subtle transitions between light and dark areas.

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Ephemeral Art

Ephemeral art only occurs one time. It generally lasts for a very short period of time, and cannot be displayed as a work of art in a gallery or museum. Performances, happenings, sound sculptures, flyers and mass produced items have all been ephemeral art.

Abstract art

Abstract art uses visual language of form, shape, line and color to achieve its desired effect. However, it does not attempt or seek to represent external reality but the created abstract art composition may exist with a level or degree of independence from the world's visual references.


The use of images or pre-existing objects with application of little or completely no transformation to them. It has played a very significant role in the history of visual, musical, performing and literary arts. In visual arts for instance, to appropriate means properly adopting, sampling, recycling or borrowing aspects(even entire form) of artificial visual culture.

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