I've never been much of a fan of digital prints. I've always preferred some sort of manual, human touch when it comes to printmaking. Be it offset, letterpress, lithography, screen printing, block printing, or for the most part, anything other than digitally output.
I think it comes down to two things. One, I love printmaking. I believe the printmaker to be every bit the artist, and in some case more so than the artist often credited with the print, or work itself. Two, I love tactile experiences and texture is something handmade prints offer that digital prints do not (at least not currently, but even this is changing). Texture, in my opinion, goes a long way when viewing art and lets the viewer into the artist's process in exciting and wonderfully experiential ways.
But, my attitude towards digital prints is slowly starting to change. And in large part due to the work of people like Nigel Evan Dennis, whose work is shown above. It's all digital, and it's all exceptional. It would also be very difficult to output Nigel's images in any format other than a digital one, and still make it affordable and ideally, in time, collectible. That's not to say it couldn't be done, but it would be very costly, and even with the expense and a very talented printmaker, still quite challenging.
@lucian and I have spent many hours discussing the nature of the print. We've also been very fortunate in that we've had the opportunity to work with master printmakers like Bud Shark (@printshark). Working with Bud opened our eyes to printmaking in ways we'd never imagined.
So, while the art world debate surrounding the print as art (or not) and what constitutes a proper "print" will hopefully rage on long past my days. I'd like to finish this idea stream with some questions in hopes of further refining my own thinking.
What makes a print desirable? What makes a print collectible? What's the ideal size of an edition? How do you feel about digital? What makes a print art? And lastly, is a print art? I for one certainly think so.
PS — You can see Nigel's analog work here.