WHAT IS THE STUDY PIECES COLLECTION?
Each work in The Study Pieces collection is an original, stand-alone piece of art that is classified as a study piece because of its subject. In preparation for creating his Masters Collection, Bornacelli works through a process of sketching and painting his characters to develop them in various sizes, angles, and settings; thus, The Study Pieces are born. Typically, these paintings are large and colorful, so Bornacelli can explore each character in its original size (or larger) and spend as much time as he wants to perfect the composition. The Study Pieces are created with acrylic or oil-based charcoals, ink and charcoal on Arches archival 100% Cotton hot press into a thick paper form.
The Study Pieces is the most prolific of Bornacelli’s three collections. More than 1,500 original works of art make up The Study Pieces, many of which are owned by collectors throughout the world. They are significant paintings, not only because each is a full-sensory experience unlike any that have come before it, but also because each is a vital step in Bornacelli’s progression to painting his exclusive Masters Collections. Owners of The Study Pieces paintings enjoy an intimate look at Bornacelli’s thought-process, exploration, and the eventual mastery of images in his mind that have come to life on paper.
WHAT IS A GELATIN SHEET?
A gelatin sheet is acid-free raw cotton and alpha cellulose wood pulp, mashed together placed on wooden molds that are mixed with a gelatin like medium that bond together, making custom sheets by using heat, giving it a paper like surface that is able to absorb moisture and allows the pigments to penetrate the surface. This process allows the materials to bond as one, as opposed to painting on just the top layer only.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GELATIN SHEET VERSUS CANVAS?
When painting on canvas, the traditional method involves using gesso to seal the pores on the canvas. With today’s technological advancements, there are finer options in materials.
Gesso is a very basic charcoal and water substance, meaning it will eventually crack and deteriorate. This results in the loss of pigmentation and vibrancy, and artwork where gesso has been used will eventually require restoration.
Gelatin sheets are the more advanced option, as vibrancy is not lost over time and the artwork will remain in its original condition.
WHAT IS PURE PIGMENT?
Pure pigments are the strongest and purest form of any color in its richest state. The pigment is usually broken down and diluted with water or oils.
Bornacelli makes his own paints by applying 25 years of expertise in making his own colors. This adds longevity and vibrancy to the artwork.
WHAT IS PURE JAPANESE PIGMENT?
Japanese pigments are specialized traditional Japanese color making that dates back centuries in Japanese art making, particularly in block printmaking.
WHAT IS AN EXTREME LIMITED EDITION?
An Extreme Limited Edition piece is one of which only a certain amount of versions are produced. For example, The Machines of Echoes and Ghosts is an Extreme Limited Edition piece as only 33 pieces were ever created.
WHAT IS THE ORIGINAL SERIES?
The Original Series is a combination of past paintings, sketches, doodles, and concepts that are made into a master template. Once the master template has been created, the template is then placed on a gelatin sheet using high tech projection techniques. It is lightly imprinted and re-done from scratch to a complete the full painting. The process usually takes 40-50 hours from start to finish.
IS THERE A MASTER VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL SERIES?
Yes. The “Master” paintings take longer to produce; roughly 3-4 years for each piece. Each master version also requires a unique set of exquisite and costly materials.