Giclee Printing

All the Iimited-edition prints we offer for sale are printed using the giclee process onto artist-grade canvas.

Giclee (jee-klay): the French word "giclee" is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word was probably derived from the French verb "giclee" meaning "to squirt”.

The term "giclee print" describes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are immensely high resolution digital scans printed with archival quality inks onto various media including canvas, fine art and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process now provides better colour accuracy than virtually all other means of reproduction. Giclee printing outperforms traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries and photographic galleries. Numerous examples of giclee prints can be found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.

Giclee prints (sometimes mistakenly referred to as an "Iris", which is a print from a 4-colour inkjet printer line, pioneered in the late 1970's by Iris Graphics) are advantageous to artists who do not wish to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost; the upfront expense of mass production is eliminated. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various media, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.

Giclee prints are created typically using high-end 8-colour to 12-colour printers. Among the manufacturers of these printers are vanguards such as Epson, MacDermid Colorspan and Hewlett-Packard. These state-of-the-art printers are capable of producing astonishingly detailed imagery for the fine art market. Giclee is accepted by the Fine Art Guild and, if the correct media and inks are used, prints are colour-fast for over 75 years.

There are many examples of art collectors reproducing expensive paintings and drawings (often for insurance purposes) as giclee prints, and thus safely storing the originals. It is very difficult for the casual observer to notice the difference between the two.

Giclee printing has now attained absolute superiority in the reproduction of fine art, and so it is little wonder that paintings and drawings in this medium have become so highly collectable.