GICLEE (pronounced gee-clay or zhee-clay) is a French word which means spraying of ink. This term refers to the way ink is applied to printing on fine art paper or canvas with a large format high resolution printer. Giclee reproductions must be seen to be fully appreciated for their deep saturated colors, subtle tints and blends. These prints have a beautiful quality that retains minute details. Independent research has established that giclee prints printed with archival paper or canvas and inks will last as long as 200 years before any noticeable shift in color occurs. (Light, water, temperature, humidity can effect permanence.)
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, and Hewlett-Packard. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints, which are 4-Color ink-jet prints from a printer pioneered in the late 1970’s by Iris Graphics.
The Advantages: Giclee prints are advantageous to the artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once and 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 deterirate 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 client.
Today giclee prints are showing up in the finest museums, galleries and private collections around the world due to their accuracy. This method is far superior to the traditional lithography printing in nearly every way. The colors are brighter, last longer and are so high a resolution that they are virtually ‘continuous tone’ rather than tiny donts. The resulting image has all of the subtle tonalities of the orginal art. Apple Art Works is proud to say that all of David M prints and canvases are printed with the latest technology in giclee printing.