One of the best things about being in a co-operative gallery is that I get an opportunity to meet some really awesome people, and sometimes get to impart a little knowledge about art. One of the most frequent questions I get is "what is a giclée". So I thought I would try in this post to provide some basic information on the three different options I offer and to describe a giclée.
Regardless of how much money you have to spend, its important to have viable options to take home a piece of art. So with that in mind, I decided to produce three options for my art; originals, giclées on canvas, and giclée prints.
A sampling of the options I offer.
Originals are obviously the most expensive of the three options. These are one-of-a-kind pieces. They are created on stretched canvas, either ¾” or 1 ½” thick, and are layered with collage materials. These pieces have visible texture and have a glossy sheen from my gel medium and varnish. I complete these with a floating frame so the sides of the canvas can be seen.
Above is a side by side of a giclée and an original of my "A Place in the Sun" collage.
The other two options include the word “giclée” which I will describe first.
Pronounced ‘Zhee-Clay’, this is taken from the French term ‘gicler’, which literally means “that which is sprayed”. Inkjet printers spray ink onto canvas or paper.
There are three criteria for a piece to really be a giclée.
1. Start with a high resolution digital image, at least 300 DPI.
2. The paper or canvas must be archival, typically acid-free and is a cotton or rag base.
3. A large format printer which has 8-12 pigment-based inks is used (your inkjet home printer has three color cartridges with dye-based inks).
Now that we know what a giclée is, we can discuss the other options I provide.
A giclée on canvas is the second option. The images are printed on canvas (¾” or 1 ½”) and the color is an exact match to the original. The difference is the texture. Originals have texture, a giclée is flat like a blank canvas, although it does have a sheen. The price point is much lower than an original. For instance, if an original is $2000, my framed giclée on canvas might be more like $400. I do have some clients who like a little more texture, so I apply a thick gel medium in random strokes on the surface of the giclée. This is available on request.
Flat sheen on the giclée on the left, texture and gel medium on the original on the right.
The third option is a giclée print. My archival prints are placed in an acid free white mat with backerboard, and then into a clear plastic re-sealable bag. I add a certificate of authenticity with identifying information. Most of my prints are in standard size mats, which means you can easily find ready made frames for them.
There are three price points for prints, which are determined by size. The prices range from $60 to $90. I also sell prints without the mat, which are easier to roll and mail in a tube.
A sampling of giclée prints available
I can also work with you to produce custom sizes in any giclée. I just recently reproduced a giclée of "A Place in the Sun" (originally a 24” x 30” collage), into a 36” x 45” giclée. If the original photograph of the image is good enough to ensure a crisp resolution, any image can be enlarged. As always, please let me know if you have any questions, or would like a quote for your home or business.
The enlarged "A Place in the Sun" sitting on a corner easel.