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What is a giclée print?



Giclée (zhee-klay) is a French word that means a spray or a spurt of liquid.

The term “giclée print” connotes an elevation in printmaking technology.  The giclée printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.  Giclèes use inkjet technology, far more sophisticated than your desktop printer.  The process employs ten colors of light fast, pigmented inks and finer, more numerous print heads resulting in a wider color gamut, and the ability to use various media to print on, including canvas and fine art paper.  The ink is sprayed onto the page, actually mixing the color on the page to create true shades and hues.  The prints I sell are the highest quality, longest lasting prints that are available with today’s technology.

Giclée prints are commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.  Numerous examples of giclée prints can be found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Chelsea Galleries.

Many of the photographs were taken using traditional film cameras and then scanned using a high resolution digital scanner, or captured with a digital camera.  The process is technically and artistically demanding, and it allows me a tremendous amount of control over the final image.  The prints that I am able to produce using this technology are incredibly rich in detail and depth.   It gives the potential for a new level of creativity and subtlety in my work, and I am happy to be able to share it with you.

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