What is a Giclée?

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The art of fine art printing has hit a high-water mark with the advent of the revolutionary Giclée (zhee-clay) printing process.  This type of art reproduction is quickly becoming the new standard in the art industry, and is widely embraced for its quality by major museums, galleries, publishers, and artists.  A Giclée Print is the closest duplication of an original artwork that is technically possible. A Giclée print can provide a realistic, affordable, and aesthetically pleasing representation of the original work of art. 


The cornerstone of this process is an advanced and highly enhanced digital printer, which is specifically designed for the rigorous and precise criteria of fine art collectors and museum quality, limited edition prints.  The results are so rich and accurate, all other methods of reproduction pale by comparison.  The latest Giclée Printing Technology has far surpassed the standard 4-color process to provide an 8 or even 12-color process.  It is so precise it even reproduces brush strokes and canvas patterns.  Yet, the process is so adaptable the artist can proof and adjust each print as it rolls out.

The word Giclée itself is French, and means spurt or squirt, in this case meaning, “spray of ink”. From hundreds of ink jets come more than a million droplets of ink per second as they are sprayed on a canvas or watercolor paper.  Once completed an image is comprised of almost 20 billion droplets of ink.

 

The large size and sturdiness of these printers allows the prints to be made directly onto heavy-grade watercolor paper or artist canvas, thus preserving the original character or medium of the art work.  The resulting print has no perceptible dot pattern and an almost endless array of richly saturated color.  The most archival, light-fast inks and spray sealants available are used.  Giclée inks offer a 105-year light-fastness and UV-resistance under museum archival condition.
After two decades of testing and scrutinizing this new print medium, fine art galleries across the country are now proudly exhibiting Giclée’s as authentic (even original) works of art and warmly receiving them into their collections.

 

There is an outstanding exhibition record in such museums as these:

·        The Metropolitan Museum  (New York)
·        Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
·        The Los Angeles County Museum
·        Zimmerli Museum of Art-Rutgers University
·        The British Museum
·        National Museum of Art
·        Philadelphia Museum of Art
·        The New York Public Library
·        San Francisco Museum of Art
·        The Corcoran Gallery
·        Laguna Museum of Art
·        The Washington Post Collection