Giclee

At last I can offer high quality Giclee Prints for serious collectors.

Giclee (zhee-clay) comes from the French “gicler,” meaning “to squirt”. In other words, it’s an “Ink Jet” print. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The Giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction. Technically, that makes all my prints Giclees. The reason I make a distinction is to call attention to the superior media I use for my Giclee Prints.

Most people familiar with Giclees think of prints made on canvas, to look like “real” paintings. I have done Giclees on canvas and on other materials, and did a lot of testing before deciding what I wanted to offer.

I have chosen NOT to use canvas for my Giclee prints, and here is why: I don’t paint on canvas, and if I did, I certainly wouldn’t paint on canvas as coarse as that manufactured for Giclee printing. Canvas is somewhat shiny, and that texture adds ambient detail in the form of tiny highlights and shadows to an image that already tries to convey an illusion of highlight and shadow. As detailed as my paintings are, I found those artifacts of the process annoying; they confuse the read. I paint my oils on smooth, hot-pressed watercolor paper, sealed and mounted to a substrate. That’s how I paint the detail that I do. Printing my paintings on canvas felt downright dishonest.

Instead I have chosen Epson’s Ultra Smooth Fine Art Paper. This 100% cotton paper is acid-free and as archival as anything you could hope to buy. It feels sumptuous to the touch. This is the paper I was talking about in past News posts when I said that the paper is so luscious you’ll want to lick it! With the new inks from Epson, these prints are absolutely stunning. They rival the best lithographs I have seen. Printed from rolls 17” wide, some paintings, like Spider Queen, can be as big as 17 x 44!

Giclee print runs will be signed and numbered, and limited to editions of 300.

Giclee Prints are $120 each

The Giclee Prints can be Remarqued. If you want a Remarque, I will shift the image on the paper, leaving a smaller margin at the top to make room for a Remarque on the margin below.

Giclees are shipped in a protective plastic sleeve, in a stout mailing tube.