In 2011 I completed my first panoramic art piece After having created many art prints of singular buildings and places, the creation of my first panorama felt somehow like a natural progression in my artistic career. When I took it to the gallery it was so well received that instantly I understood the powerful and unique characteristic of this type of art. An art that as I show it this short article, started very early in human development.
The word ‘panorama’ comes from two Greek words: πᾶν “all” + ὅραμα “sight” or ‘sight of all’. Below I show examples of some historic panoramas. that date from prehistoric times to our days. I find most exciting how at the sight of a view we feel the need to document and record it for the future. The creation of an art piece that depicts a panorama is an enterprise that requires patience as well as an attitude of perseverance and planning. Let me introduce you to some panoramic prints in history of art.
Panoramic prints through history.
‘Hove Brighton Promenade Pebble Beach.’ Was my firs panoramic print. It looks East as you stand at the end of Western Lawns by the Hove Deep Sea Anglers Club. On a clear day, the view reaches nearly twenty miles to the East, with the iconic Belle Tout Lighthouse on top of the white chalk cliffs within the South Downs National Park.
This is the largest frame my local framer can do which is 2.4 x .6 m long x height.
Panoramic art: the process
My prints can be described technically as digital pigment prints and my practice is threefold: Firstly, I take photographs of coastal views, landscapes and cityscapes, then I translate these into delicate line ink drawings in my studio before scanning and adding colour digitally.