Limited Edition Giclée Prints
Giclée prints are in the finest tradition of European printmaking in that the prints are made individually, on a one-by-one basis, rather than the mass production method of photomechanical offset lithography used for most reproductive prints today. Usually small, fine art-style editions of fewer than five hundred impressions are not cost efficient when using traditional offset lithography. Giclée printing allows the artist to establish a smaller edition, at significantly less cost to the collector due to a lack of up-front production costs. The artists collaborate with highly trained technicians, selecting the colors and giving their final approval, which is essential to the overall print process and finished work of art.
With the advent of Giclée (zhee-clay) prints, the art of fine art printing has become even more precise. Because no plates or screens are used, the prints have a higher apparent resolution than lithographs and the dynamic color range is greater than even serigraphy (silk-screen).
In the Giclée process, a fine stream of ink – more than 4 million droplets per second – is sprayed onto archival paper or canvas. This produces a combination of over 3 million possible colors created by highly saturated, non-toxic, water-based inks. In displaying such a full color spectrum, the prints are lush and velvety with the feel and tonality of a fine oil painting or the luminosity of a watercolor.
Giclée prints has gained world-wide acceptance. The Louvre in Paris uses the process for the reproduction and display of works, which cannot be allowed out of the museum vaults, and would otherwise never be shown to the public.