Did you know that you could own the next best thing to original art at a fraction of the price? The answer is giclée prints. Whether you are creating a gallery wall or one larger statement piece, you don’t have to break the bank to invest in a beautiful piece of art for your home or office.
The French word “giclée” (pronounced zhee-CLAY) means to spray or squirt, a nod to the inkjet printer, the digital printmaking technology that creates the art. The process has been around since the 1980s, but it was only in the early 1990s that giclée prints really took off in popularity. A giclée print is produced directly from a high resolution digital scan of the existing art or photograph printed on a large format inkjet printer using archival quality ink.
The result is superior color accuracy detail and texture compared to other means of reproduction, such as traditional lithographic printing. In fact, many can’t tell the difference between the original and the giclée. As a result, giclée prints have become the reproduction choice for collectors, galleries, museums and artists not just for quality but because they’re relatively easy to reproduce and more cost-effective.
Not surprisingly, giclée prints can be found at some of the world’s top galleries and museums. For example, giclée prints can be found in two of New York City’s most famous museums - the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the art world, auctions of giclée prints have also increased in popularity, with prints from artists such as Annie Leibovitz and Chuck Close selling for as much as $10,000.
For artists, giclée prints have become a way to reproduce their art in sufficient quantities to meet market demand. Once an image of the artwork has been stored in a digital archive, it’s possible to make additional reproductions at relatively low cost. Moreover, digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto just about any medium, giving a chance for the original artwork to live in various different formats.
To see what’s possible with giclée printmaking technology, check out the giclée prints from the artist Floy Ealy Edjole. These original artworks are now available at an affordable price and in a variety of different sizes.