What are Graphics?

Graphics, according to the dictionary definition, pertains to the art of delineating, engraving, painting etc, something that is well delineated, vividly or forcibly descriptive; indicating by means of diagrams etc instead of by numbers and statistics. Thus one can see that the term refers to a broad range of items. As a word relating to work on paper, graphic is often used in place of the word "print", possible to try to add a sense of mystique to something that is fairly straightforward.

Within the original print world of South Africa, the words prints and graphics are used interchangeably. At tertiary educational institutions, graphic will be used to define sub-sectors of the art departments in an attempt to define the work produced there as being separate from the work being printed in print shops that focus on day to day items such as invoice books and product catalogues.

Graphic has also entered the everyday language as a means of describing something in a visual way. In this sense, someone could describe a car accident in "graphic detail". A graphic novel refers to a full-length novel for the use of adults in the form of a comic strip. South African artists and printmakers have employed this use of graphics in work that usually has a strong social or political message.

Print Studio information

Graphics that are available from The Artists' Press

Take a look at these pages for more info about printmaking

  • Print Studio

    Here you will discover lots about our print studio, our print archive, price list, how to care for prints, printing techniques and investing in prints.

  • Posters

    What is a poster and how is different to a limited edition print?

  • Packing prints in a tube

    How to protect your prints for transit!

  • Packing prints flat

    How to do it properly