I noticed quite a few artists do pieces about sports. I don’t want to fall in the “commercial trap” by going down the list of all the sports in order to “sell” to a larger quantity of people. I wanted to do a piece with a subject that is close to my heart. Since I play tennis regularly three times a week, I thought I could do something involving the sport that I really loved. The reason I love tennis is because it is a mental game like Chess, with the added physical activity. I also like the fact that you are alone and the only one to blame in case of a loss, is yourself. Living in the desert, I have played many times in the blazing hot sun in a quasi-delirious state. Not so bad a state that I was hallucinating and playing on the wing of a plane, but I have come very close…
Thomas Barbèy prints are developed in a traditional-chemical based process. Note these are not ink jet prints.
Sepia Print: Kodak Professional EnduraMetallic Paper. This gallery grade print has a glossy finish and metallic appearance that creates exceptional visual depth. The print stability is 100 years in a typical home display and 200 years in dark storage (as reported by Kodak Inc.). Sepia prints are numbered and hand signed by Thomas Barbèy.
Black and White Prints: Fuji Crystal Archive Paper. It has a matte finish with a stability of 100 years in typical home display and 200 years in dark storage (as reported by Fuji). These prints are available as an open edition and not signed.
We use the finest wood available. The wood is given a look of forged, hammered metal. It looks like an old pewtered mug one would find in an European castle. The frame will fit well with a contempory environment or a traditional home. The finish is neutral with a width of 2 5/8" and Rabbet 5/8".