WHAT IS A GICLEE PRINT?

The art of fine art printing has become even more precise with the advent of the revolutionary Giclee (ghee-clay) printing process. A giclee print is as rewarding visually as it is technically amazing.  For brilliant, exquisite color and razor sharp detail is unsurpassed. This type of art reproduction is quickly becoming the new standard in the art industry, and is widely embraced for its quality by major museums, galleries, publishers, and artists. A Giclee Print is simply the closest duplication of an original artwork that is humanly, mechanically, or technically possible.

The cornerstone of this process is enhanced digital ink jet printing. The printers are specifically designed for the rigorous and precise criteria of fine art collectors and connoisseurs of museum quality, limited edition prints.

The word Giclee itself is French, and means spurt or squirt, in this case meaning, "spray of ink".  Once completed an image is comprised of literally billions of droplets of ink. The latest Giclee Printing Technology enhanced the standard 4-color process to an 8-color process.

The resulting print has no perceptible dot pattern, an endless array of richly saturated color, and every nuance of the original image. The most archival, water based lightfast inks available in the world are used. The latest inks offer a 150 year light-fastness and UV-resistance under museum archival condition.

Beyond this description, a Giclee Print simply must be seen to be fully appreciated. Fine Art Galleries across the country are warmly receiving GICLEE.

Giclee prints have an impressive exhibition record. They have been shown in museums and galleries throughout the world. 


 A few examples are:

The Metropolitan Museum of New York, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Art, The British Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Washington Post Collection,
The Corcoran Gallery, and the San Francisco Museum of Art.

 The back of one of our Giclee Prints - optional  hardware available.

The back of one of our Giclee Prints - optional  hardware available.

Characteristics and Benefits of Gicleé Prints

Fine art printing has become even more precise with the advent of the revolution of Gicleé (ghee-clay) printing process. A Gicleé print is as rewarding visually as it is technically amazing; for brilliant, exquisite color and razor sharp detail, a Gicleé print is unsurpassed. This type of art reproduction is quickly becoming the new standard in the art industry, and is widely embraced for it’s for its quality by major museums, galleries, publishers, and artists. A Gicleé print is simply the closest duplication of an original artwork that is humanly, mechanically, or technically possible. The cornerstone of this process is enhanced digital ink jet printing. The printers are specifically designed for the rigorous and precise criteria of fine art collectors and connoisseurs of museum quality, limited edition prints.

 Benefits for the Artist

There are two main reasons why artists have prints make of their originals. Not only do Gicleé prints make an artist’s work more widely available, but they make them more affordable, as well. In addition, they offer significant benefits to buyers, collectors, and corporate clients. These benefits are outlined below. 

Benefits for Buyers and Collectors

For buyers and collectors, the main benefit of purchasing a Gicleé print is obvious: they can have a reproduction of a painting or photograph that wouldn’t look out of place in a museum, art gallery, or auction house. In addition, Gicleé prints can be customized to fit the space being decorated. A large print will have the same resolution as a smaller one. Gicleé prints can be almost indistinguishable from an original painting. They democratize great art and make it accessible to a large community of aspiring collectors.

Benefits for Corporate Clients

Because Gicleé prints are a fraction of the cost of one-off originals, interior decorators and corporate art buyers are using them increasingly to make a dramatic impact with a limited budget without sacrificing aesthetic quality.

Contact Double Exposure Art today to transform your images into beautiful giclee prints!