In recent years, the Giclée printing process has practically revolutionized the world of fine art reproduction. With improvements in digital and printing technologies, inks and media, today Giclées can be produced that are so rich in color and texture that they are only a small step behind in quality compared to the original artwork. Aging tests indicate that they can also last for up to 100 years, significantly longer than art reproduced by the other reproduction methods commonly used today. In short, "It's the next best thing!"
The Giclée process gives the artist the ability to offer a Limited Edition of a specific piece of art in a smaller quantity. For this reason, the quality of the prints as a work of art in their own right and for other reasons, Giclée Prints have quickly evolved into it's own category of fine art collecting. As with other areas of fine art, many prefer the Giclée Prints simply stretched and mounted to a wooden frame / stretcher bar for "Museum" style display.
Giclée (pronounced zhee - clay) is a French term that translates roughly into "spurt, squirt, or spray of ink". Using very high resolution print technology and special inks, the Giclée printers can work their magic on many different media, with 100% cotton fine art canvas being the media of choice for most due to the extremely high results obtained. Each print takes approximately 20 to 60 minutes to complete. Canvas prints may be further coated for lasting protection and to produce a more "glossy" look. They are usually finished by trimming the canvas, then stretching and mounting it to a ¾" frame.
Artists generally hand sign each print and embellish them with additional painting to produce special accent areas and to ensure that each Giclée is a unique piece of art worthy of collecting.