What’s a Giclee?

In simple terms, a Giclée is a print done on canvas. Giving the look of an original for a fraction of the price. A Giclée (pronounced “zheeclay”) is a French word meaning “fine spray”. It is a computer generated print that is produced by the spraying of an image on to fine art paper or canvas. It is extremely difficult to tell the difference between an original and a giclée, a giclée being the closest duplication of original artwork humanly, mechanically, or technically possible.

The cornerstone of this process is an IRIS ink jet printer, which is specifically designed for the rigorous, and precise criteria of fine art collectors and connoisseurs of museum quality, limited edition prints.

From a hundred ink jets more than a million droplets of ink per second are sprayed on canvas or watercolor paper spinning on a large drum. Once completed, an image is comprised of almost 20 billion droplets of ink. The inks used are specially formulated so that the fine print heads can spurt jets of ink in minute droplets at a resolution of 1440 dpi. The canvas or paper used is specially prepared to accept this type of printing. As with other fine art printing processes, the artist approves “proofs” of the art print to insure that the right tone, depth and color is produced.

The resulting print has no perceptible dot pattern. It is composed of an endless array of minuscule dots of richly saturated color, and retains every nuance of the original image. The most archival, water based light-fast inks available in the world are used. The latest inks offer a 70-year light-fastness and UV-resistance under museum archival conditions.

When giclée prints are produced on good quality paper or canvas, the print should possess archival standards of permanence comparable or better than other collectible artwork. The visual quality of the print is extremely high and the color saturation and definition stunning.