Giclée Prints

Giclée (pronounced “ghee-clay”) is a French word meaning, “to spray”. Giclée printing made its debut in 1985 and incorporates the technology of digital printing, whereby microscopic droplets of ink varying in size and density are precisely positioned onto the media surface producing a near continuous tone image, smoother gradation between tones and a more finely differentiated color palette. Giclée prints offer incredible saturation, depth of color and sharpness, altogether a beautifully finished print that captures the essence of the artist’s intent. Many contemporary and influential artists have adopted this new, high-quality printing technique because it has been perfected to a level of sophistication, quality, permanence, and affordability that no other print process can match. Giclées have the highest apparent resolution available today with the exception of Laserjet prints, greater than that of lithographs and a color range that exceeds that of serigraphy (also known as silkscreen printing).

Longevity: Preliminary data from Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. indicates that for the combination of K3 pigmented inks on acid-free pH neutral media, the light-fastness will be rated up to 100 years under glass, and effectively be doubled by the use of UV glass. This is, therefore, the only printing process to rival and exceed archivally processed silver-gelatin photographic prints for archival stability.

Value and Collectability: The higher price of limited editions over other prints is a combination of the limited supply of each piece and the exceptionally high quality of these prints (as opposed to offset-lithography for example, as used to make posters etc.). Each print is signed by the artist.

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