What is a Giclée?
Giclée is a French term referring to "squirting" liquids. In art terminology, giclée applies to squirting microscopic ink droplets onto art materials such as canvas or watercolor paper using a computer-driven printing device for the purpose of art production or reproduction.
To be a true giclée, the prints must be printed on art material (canvas, watercolor paper, etc.), be able to be printed at any size and use high-gamut, moisture-resistant, archival inks. Giclées are specifically targeted to being displayed in indoor lighting; generally bright, direct lighting, such as galleries or offices. Quality reproduction, color fidelity and long term archivability are major attributes.
How long will it last?
With proper care, Life-span estimates of giclée prints, printed with pigmented inks, by third-party testing run as long as 100 years without noticeable fading. You can find a number of reports on this on the internet.
How do I care for my Giclée?
Like any piece of fine art, your paper giclée should be matted and framed by a professional who uses acid-free, museum quality materials. Direct sunlight and direct moisture is not recommended for giclée reproductions or fine art originals.
What kind of paper is it on?
My Fine Art Pager is Magiclee 285 gram textured 100% cotton. My Canvas is 100% authentic Epson, 20 mil premium fine art canvas.
Tell me about canvas giclées.
Canvas giclées require stretching over a wooden frame, and are shipped flat. Please allow 6 - 8 weeks delivery time.
They are gallery wrapped. Gallery wrapped canvases are intended to be hung unframed, but can be framed, if desired. They are strong enough to hang unframed without warping. The entire image is shown on the front, but extra, coordinated pigment, has been added on the sides to compliment the picture. No staples are visible. It is ready to hang on your wall.
What is an open edition?
An open edition print has unlimited quantity and may be printed on a lighter weight stock. It typically is not signed, numbered, or personally inspected by the artist. These factors all affect the price, thus making it less expensive than a limited edition print.
What is a limited edition?
These are printed in limited editions of 500. A limited edition giclée reproduction is signed and numbered by the artist, and limited in number to the size of the edition. They may be embellished by the artist, as well. This is the reason limited editions are more expensive.
What is included in my purchase?
Your giclée will be signed, and include a certificate of authenticity.
Why does it take so long to get my giclée ? Don’t you have them in stock?
Your giclée is printed to order, allowing for any special size requests that may occur.
3–4 weeks for paper images, 6-8 weeks for canvas images; sooner if possible.
Do you ship out of the country?
Yes, contact me for information on this.