"After researching this process for over a decade, I have chosen to work with a leading and highly reputable printing firm. The results are exquisite." Caroline Jasper
Giclée printing has revolutionized the world of fine art reproduction, providing for limited edition prints of unsurpassed quality. Employing the most sophisticated capabilities in printmaking technology, the giclée process creates images with exceptionally deep, saturated colors and a beautiful, painterly character. The most minute details are captured while retaining subtle tints and blends.
Archival inks matched with museum-quality canvas make for a fine piece of art with exceptional longevity and value. Since no glass is required in framing a giclée on canvas, it looks like an original painting.
Giclée (szhe-CLAY) is a French word meaning to spray (describing ink application). It is the term for the most highly regarded means of fine art reproduction currently available. The giclee process began years ago on an Iris printer, a machine designed to create proofs for lithography printing. It was originally a temporary medium, printed with non-permanent inks meant to last just long enough to check color on the litho run. The machines and inks were adapted to print on fine watercolor papers and canvases to last for decades. Today's printers, inks, papers, canvases, coatings, as well as photography, have advanced to create reproductions so close to the originals they often fool even the artists. A protective UV coating preserves color and adds a degree of waterproofing.
Giclée reproductions should be treated as you would a fine original painting. Proper framing and environment are necessary to maintain color integrity and the value of the piece. It is best to not hang reproductions, or any fine artwork, in direct sunlight or anywhere that is not climate-controlled.