WHAT IS A GICLEE REPRODUCTION?
Giclee French for “to spray ink” and is today’s state-of-the-art method for printing fine art. Giclee is quite different from the older “offset printing” technology that artists used to have to use, and has many advantages for both artists and customers.
For example, with the old offset printing method, artists had to order a print at a certain size by the hundreds. But Giclee printing allows me, the artist, to custom-order each print. This means that you, my customer, can choose the size of print that you want.
Giclee Prints have many additional advantages including:
Extremely accurate reproduction quality. I work personally with my digital imaging expert to assure that the printed image matches the original painting and my intentions for that particular piece.
You have price and size choices. Your cost is determined in part by the size you order.Your cost will be much lower than what you would pay for an original of that size.
Your Giclee print will not fade, as mass-produced prints do. A Giclee lasts a lifetime.
Only archival quality inks are used in production of your print. Major museums, galleries, and publishers have embraced giclees because of their high quality resolution, color and longevity.
Because your print doesn’t exist until you order it, you know that it won’t be sitting around somewhere gathering dust or getting wrinkled.
WHAT SURFACE IS THE GICLEE PRINTED ON?
Although my originals are in pastels on paper, I have my reproductions printed on the highest quality canvas only (Epson’s“Exhibition-worthy, Satin finish canvas). I don’t use or recommend paper because pastels have a special brilliance which ink on paper cannot match. However, when printed on the slightly shiny satin canvas, the ink looks every bit as vivid as the original pastel. Most people think that the finished product is an oil painting, and don't recognize it as a print. While canvas costs just a bit more than paper, I believe that the stunning result is well worth it.