What is a Giclée Print?
Giclée (jhee-CLAY) prints are digitally produced museum-quality reproductions of an original work of art (oil paintings in my case). The giclée process uses state-of-the-art large format computer printers and the finest inks, papers, and canvas to achieve reproductions of the highest resolution and most accurate color reproduction available.
Giclée prints are more detailed and have greater color range than traditional lithographic prints, which have been used for the last century to reproduce artwork. The giclée process uses no plates or screens. The printer achieves continuous color tones by blending the various ink colors on-the-fly, leaving no perceptible dot pattern, just an endless array of richly saturated color, and capturing every nuance of the original image.
All of my prints use archival long-lasting pigmented inks (rather than dye-based inks, which are prone to fading and smearing). This, in combination with the heavier fine art papers and canvas used gives these prints greater longevity than those produced from traditional offset lithography.
The quality of giclée prints, especially those on canvas, is so good that they are clearly the next best thing to the original painting in both archival and image quality. As a result, Giclée reproductions are now appearing in the finest galleries and museums including the Louvre Museum (Paris), Metropolitan Museum (New York), The Los Angeles County Museum, The British Museum and many others.