Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is mezzotint?

What is mezzotint?

Mezzotint is the process of reverse engraving copper or steel plates so that relief illustrations will show light and shadow. The master plate surface is prepared so it will print solid black. Gray and white areas are prepared differently to show light and shadow.

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Graffiti Art

Drawings and writing painted, scratched or scribbled on a wall or any other surface mostly in a public place. Graffiti art is wide and ranges from small to elaborate writings or wall paintings. This art has been in existence since the ancient times with some of the commonly used examples dating back to Roman Empire, Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt.

Behavior Art

A Chinese equivalent that describes performance art. It is a new term in arts and may be difficult in articulating unless people understand what they are attempting to create. It is however, a flexible concept that focuses on things that make the everyday, common and community things. It is heightened, refined and reflective of how people behave, move or live.

Street Art

Art that's created and executed in public locations outside the traditional contexts or art venues. It gained popularity during the 1980s during graffiti art boom. It has developed and continues to be applied into all subsequent incarnations. The common forms of this art include pop-up art, sticker art, stencil graffiti and sculpture or street installation among other forms. Sometimes, "guerrilla art", "neo graffiti", "post graffiti" and "urban art" are used in this context to refer to the created artwork.

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