I’m just sitting here shaking my head that it was printed with an inkjet printer. Unbelievable! You can’t get true RGB colors with an inkjet, only CYMK. With a good commercial laser printer, however, you could.
You’re never going to get RGB color with a printer - RGB is an additive colorspace, where white is created by adding R-G-B; CMYK is subtractive, and white is achieved by the color of the medium, shading down from there to black, which is enhanced by the “K”, or black (much blacker than just combining C-M-Y).
As for it being an inkjet print, it’s probably likely that it’s a giclée print - it’s not just a Lexmark sitting on a desktop - now you’re talking about pigments, rather than dyes, and archival paper. Maybe it’s not worth $12k to you or to most people, but it’s the art that’s being purchased, not just the manufacture; if this is an authenticated limited edition, why should it be worth any less just because it’s a print and not a lithograph, and just because it started as a 3D digital image rather than a photo or a painting? I’m not defending the artist, nor the gallery, but just trying to ask the relevant questions.
As for the artist, I have to say I like his style - clearly, he’s not just firing off Poser or D|S shots and then printing them for scads of cash . If you didn’t know that it was originally a 3D render, I don’t see anything, at least in the available images, to suggest it’s anything other than a skilled painter (much more skilled than myself, clearly, esp. at 3D rendering ).
At least he’s not selling JPEGs of his art . Let’s be honest - if 3D art is your chosen medium, and you’re trying to produce images rather than sculpture, what other options do you have other than printing? You certainly wouldn’t render it and then paint the image - that would kind of take the point out of your medium - your 3D work would be a ‘sketch,’ not your vision realized. As Poser/D|S artists, we can’t afford to dismiss others ‘higher up the food chain’ as being ‘not real artists’ just because they do what we do, on a more advanced level, and then command ‘real art’ prices on prints of their work, where most of us are content to post our work digitally in online galleries. Our works are unlimited - anyone can download them, copy them, and we have no control over their distribution or their use, at least not enough to control their worth. Sad as it is to hear, only by printing our work - and never offering it solely in its highest-resolution digital format - can we ever really lay any claim to the ultimate value of it; 20 copies of an artistic image, and no more ever, makes it worth a lot more money than 20 million, regardless of how it’s printed.