why Art Glass?
When visiting Framing shops to explore the options for framing my linocut prints, I was only really thinking about what type of frame I would use. The type of glass never really occurred to me. How much could glass possibly vary?
It turns out that the quality of glass can vary considerably, and choosing the right glass can really enhance the look of your artwork. I have chosen to frame my prints in in 'GL 61 (Wessex) Art Glass AR (Anit Reflective) UV' (but we'll call it Art Glass for short!) and here's why I've chosen it ...
As you can see in the photo above, the artwork on the left (framed in Art Glass) has far less reflection than the one on the right (framed in standard glass). Art Glass 'AR' (Anti reflective) coating alters the light transmission qualities of glass surfaces, virtually eliminating reflections. It's not to say that Art Glass has no reflection at all, but when it does, it's very muted and you're not distracted by mirror-like reflections.
Being transparent, you would think you'd see your artwork clearly through any glass, but again, Art Glass makes all the difference. It has 98% visible light transmission compared to standard glass which has only has 50% visible light transmission. This essentially translates to how clearly you can see the print through the glass. I was a little sceptical at first, but when I compared the two side by side, I really could see the difference. Having your print framed in Art Glass feels like there is no glass there at all and you can see the colours, textures and grain of the paper far more clearly than you can through standard glass.
The Art Glass I have chosen to frame my prints with is 'UV' Art Glass, which as you might expect filters UV rays and therefore reduces fading. I wouldn't recommend hanging your print in an area which recieves many hours of direct sunlight a day, as you will still see your print fade over time. But this UV Art Glass has 92% UV light filtration which does helps reduce fading. The higher the percentage, the greater the protection.
If you're going to invest in purchasing artwork then it's a good idea to protect it as best you can with Art Glass. It could help your artwork hold its value over time, and ultimately it's the best way to enjoy viewing your purchase!