The Definition : Giclee (zhee-klay) - The French word "giclée"
is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word
may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to
The Term : The term "giclee print" connotes an elevation in
printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution
digital scans 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.
The Process : Giclee prints are created typically using
professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers. Among the
manufacturers of these printers are vanguards such as Epson,
MacDermid Colorspan, & Hewlett-Packard. These modern technology
printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for
both the fine art and photographic markets. Giclee prints are
sometimes mistakenly referred to as Iris prints, which are 4-Color
ink-jet prints from a printer pioneered in the late 1970s by Iris
The Advantages : Giclee prints are advantageous to artists
who do not find it feasible 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 prohibitive up-front cost of
mass production for an edition is eliminated. Archived files will
not deteriorate in quality as negatives and film inherently do.
Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital
images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various media,
giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific
The Quality : The quality of the giclee print rivals
traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is
commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic
The Market : Numerous examples of giclee prints can be found
in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern
Art, and the Chelsea Galleries. Recent auctions of giclee prints
have fetched $10,800 for Annie Leibovitz, $9,600 for Chuck Close,
and $22,800 for Wolfgang Tillmans (April 23/24 2004, Photographs,
New York, Phillips de Pury & Company.)
Prints are ship
flat or in tube, with acid packaging included. Within
Australia shipping and packaging - A$ 20.
International air freight or courier upon
At your request, I will autograph each
print. The placement is usually in the lower
right hand corner of the picture, depending
on how the signature will stand out.
However, you can request the autograph to be
placed anywhere on the photo or matt board
you desire. If no positioning request is
made, I will select the best location of the
signature without interfering with the
subject of the photo.
sales for these fine art prints are for home and
8.5” x 11” print
size (archival photographic paper)
11.7 " X 16.5 "
print size (archival photographic
(archival canvas giclee print)
Other sizes available on request.
Just print the ordering form, fill it out
and send it along (email or Fax)
with your payment.
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