art et giclee

What is a Giclee (zhee-clay)?

A Giclee should be the closest possible reproduction of an original piece of art available. It is an individually produced, high-resolution, high-fidelity reproduction done on a special large format printer.

The term ”giclee print” connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans of existing artwork and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction. They react to light in the same way paints do, therefore giving giclee’s more of the feel of an original piece of artwork.

In the Giclee process, a fine stream of ink - more than four million droplets per second - is sprayed with 6-8 color spray heads onto archival art paper or canvas, producing the widest and most accurate color range available.  The effect is similar to an airbrush technique but much finer.  

Exact calculations of hue, value and density direct the ink of six nozzles. This produces a combination of 512 chromatic changes, (with over 3 million colors possible) of highly saturated, nontoxic water-based ink.  The artist’s color approval and input are essential for creating the final custom setting for the edition.

Giclee’s have become extremely collectable in recent years. Due to their archival qualities accompanied by the fact that they are the closest possible reproduction of an original piece of artwork available, as an artists work increases in value so does the giclee’s. Generally up and coming artists sell the most giclee’s. Collectors see the purchase of a giclee print as a smart investment.  All of our art works are available in “art giclee on canvas” which are hand embellished giclee’s with Oil Paint and Gold/Silver Leaf , depending on the image.
Each Hand Embellished piece has more of a personal touch and original feel.

All of our art work is finished with a clear varnish.

All of our art works are available in “art giclee on canvas” which are hand embellished giclee’s with Oil Paint and Gold/Silver Leaf , depending on the image.Each hand embellished piece has more of a personal touch and original feel.

Printed on cotton canvas or linen, hand embellished, finished with a clear varnish, gallery wrapped and stretched onto hardwood pine stretchers. Can be accented with burlap trim and or nail heds