We are proud of the accomplishments our team has achieved so far. With deep knowledge in art data capture and broad applications of our Art Digital Master Files, we’ve got some incredible stories to tell.
Of the 11 works Arius has digitized in collaboration with Tate Britain, “Peace - Burial at Sea” by J. M. W. Turner is especially remarkable and provided the perfect opportunity for our team to work on a digital restoration prototype. Displayed to the public in a gold octagonal frame, few realize that the frame’s purpose reaches beyond the extravagant aesthetics of a frame that might have been all the rage in the Victorian era. What lies beneath the thick golden corners of the frame is evidence of Turner’s intentional experiments with frame shapes and how it changes the perspective of paintings. While art historians don’t know the true reason Turner decided to paint some works in square or round, or octagonal frames, it’s likely that Turner wasn’t sure himself at the time of painting. In “Peace - Burial at Sea,” the exposed corners show underlayers of sketches from the artist, with thicker layers of paint and varnish up to the borders of the frame. Arius created both a true replication alongside a ‘fixed’ prototype of the work in square format. Our art production team also digitally removed what was most likely the unintentional build up of soot or dirt, which most likely would have collected on the painting's surface while on display before being housed at Tate. Side by side, the textured prints of both the painting ‘as is’ and ‘fixed’ provide a fascinating insight into what might have been, depending on Turner’s framing decision at the time.
Our collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada is a perfect example of how we can work together with museums to help conserve fine art, support future education and outreach programs and provide commercial opportunities. We worked closely with Stephen Gritt, Director of Conservation and Technical Research, and his team to digitize works by great masters, like Van Gogh and Monet. Our image processing team then used our Art Digital Master File data to generate textured renders of each painting, which allowed the Gallery to create digital back-ups of the scanned artworks. Our team also used this data in collaboration with our textured print partner, to effectively ‘re-create’ the brushstrokes of some of the world’s most loved artists and the museum receives royalties. Our team also worked with the National Gallery of Canada on our first digital restoration project, using our data to locate and digitally ‘erase’ tiny spots of oxidization occurring on the painting surface.
Home to the world’s great collection of works from the Dutch Masters, The Mauritshuis is a world leader in adopting new technology for research and making its collection more accessible. Arius is proud to have been a licensed printing partner for textured replications sold in North America. Using the same textured printing technique as our National Gallery of Canada collection, The Mauritshuis re-created their most iconic works: the “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Johannes Vermeer, and “The Goldfinch” by Carel Fabritius. Using high-fidelity textured replications, The Maurtishuis has experimented with some fascinating projects. In 2018, they hosted the “Girl in the Spotlight” exhibition, which featured a glass-walled laboratory, through which visitors could watch forensic analysis taking place on the original painting. Meanwhile, visitors were still able to get up close and take selfies with "The Girl" by utilizing the replication of the painting, which hung in place while the original was temporarily off display.
In partnership with Canon, a world leader in digital imaging solutions, Arius provides printing services that offer significantly higher elevations then previously available. We recognize that global interest in digital art and AI art creation continues to grow, and with this partnership, artists can provide collectors with both physical works as well as digital files. This partnership enables photographers, digital native artists, and AI iterative artists to print their works with fine art colour and texture. Likewise, traditional physical artists can work with the Arius alta™ studio team to realize physical works into original Elegraph™ print series. In addition, collectors and art institutions can create highly accurate reproductions of original textured artworks. Arius offers traditional artists, photographers, and digital artists software and visualization solutions, and collaborative expertise, so they can add texture to any previously flat medium, or digitally modify elevation that exists on a physical source. Artists and museums who wish to sell highly accurate textured prints of existing works can take advantage of the Arius leading-edge, ultra-high resolution scanning service to access Arius’ professional textured art replication service. Digitization platforms are in Vancouver, London, and New York.
In partnership with Crozier, a global leader in fine arts logistics, Arius provides art collectors and gallerists access to ultra-high-resolution scanning and visualization technology, previously unavailable to the commercial art world. Crozier invites clients to inquire about our data capture and ultra-high-resolution Visualization Environment, Arivu™, which offers immersive, life-like viewings. In this sophisticated visualization experience, viewers can take in the brushstroke details and explore the evidence of the artist's hand. Collectors who wish to keep an important painting in secure storage, or who wish to donate a work to a museum, can continue to enjoy an emotional connection to the precious piece with a high-fidelity textured replication created directly from the original. The reproductions are a precise rendering of the artists brushstrokes in both colour and texture, durable enough to hang on a yacht yet so nearly perfect that only you will know the original is safely stored.
alta™ studio was born from a desire to offer artists the chance to create with our technology and team. Elegraph™ printmaking provides artists opportunities to make fine art print editions, with texture and Elegraph™-D artwork NFTs. Working closely with our art production team, artists can entwine traditional artistic processes with advanced technologies to create fine art prints that capture the power of the artist’s hand and remain true to the artist’s vision. The possibilities are bound only by imagination.
In collaboration with alta, artist Jylian Gustline created three high-relief, colourful backdrops on canvas and five free-form fabric figures using the quilting techniques she employs in her textile art. After these were digitized, our Art Production team utilized our Art Digital Master File data to combine and transform the data, bringing Jylian's vision to life.
The National Audubon Society approached Arius with an irresistible challenge to digitize and elevate a few of the iconic Audubon prints for a new, immersive exhibition they are building at their Mill Groves estate in Audubon, Pennsylvania. While this project was like no other we’d undertaken, our dedication to helping make art more accessible and nurture an art-rich culture for everybody was the perfect match for the Audubon Society.
Working with ultra-high-resolution images of the three Audubon prints in the project, our digital art experts set to work in studying the forms of the birds to add elevation to every minor detail of the print. From the intricate scales on a fish in a Kingfisher’s beak, to the delicate feathers on a Pewit Flycatcher’s tail, we set out to make the birds’ forms feel as realistic as they look. After weeks of 3D sculpting, working the “digital clay” into life-like forms, we succeeded in creating touchable, elevated prints, which were colour matched to the original 2D prints. Today, the new John James Audubon Centre in Mill Grove hangs the tactile prints in displays dedicated to the three birds: A Great Blue Heron, Pewit Flycatchers and Belted Kingfishers – all of which are birds that can be spotted living in the grounds of the estate.