What is a Giclee Print?
In giclee printing, no screen or other mechanical devices are used and therefore there is no visible dot screen pattern. The image has all the tonalities and hues of the original painting. Giclee (pronounced Gee’clay) is a French term meaning to spray or squirt, which is how an inkjet printer works. Such high-end printers are not the same as standard desktop inkjet printers, however; they are much larger and far more costly.
Giclee prints are not inexpensive either: the larger pieces can cost the artist up to $1000 each to produce, and each one is supervised by the artist working with the print house to achieve the closest possible reproduction of the original in color and intensity. At no time are prints of my own work mass produced: each one is custom printed to the order size.
Giclee printers use special light-fast inks, which, if kept out of the sun, will remain true for up to 25 years. The original work is scanned directly on a drum scanner, or, if image is too large or cannot be taken off the stretcher frames, then a large format transparency must be taken of the piece, and this is then scanned.
Giclee prints can be produced on canvas or on any paper as you wish. Since most of my large original paintings are on canvas, and I want the Giclee prints to be as close to the originals as possible in color and texture, I print these on canvas as well. While print on canvas is more expensive than paper, and is priced by the square inch, canvas prints are preferable because they are much more durable than paper and they do not crease when rolled for shipping. My smaller photo/art pieces are sized to fit into standard size frames available at any art store
One of the advantages of Giclee printing is that once the scan is made, one can print as many or as few prints as one wants. My prints of the larger, original paintings are sized based on the original painting, but because I have invested in the very highest resolution scans of the originals, they can be printed even larger than the original and still remain true in clarity and quality. I limit my editions of each piece to just 100 prints and they are signed by me personally.