Pensive Woman

About Gicleé Prints

The art world experienced something of a revolution in the late 1980s with the development of the gicleé (zhee-KLAY) print. The creation of incredibly precise inkjet printers meant that museum-quality reproductions could now be made available to art lovers for a fraction of the cost of the original painting. What's more, the inks used for gicleés were light-fast, so they could retain their vibrancy for more than 70 years, if kept out of the sun.

Gicleés are now the print method of choice for artists and museums looking for the finest graphic reproductions available.

The process of printing a gicleé—the name come from the French verb gicler, which means "to spray"—involves capturing an original piece of artwork using a specialized camera, color-correcting the proof, and then printing the image digitally with archival inks using a high-end inkjet printer. The printer sprays 4-5 million droplets of color per second onto a canvas or sheet of fine art paper affixed to a spinning drum. Printing a single gicleé can take several hours, depending on its size.

Essential to the creation of a high quality gicleé is the master print maker, who manipulates the colors in the digital capture of the artwork before printing, to ensure that the final product perfectly matches the original.

 

Our gicleés are produced by a highly skilled print maker who has been creating museum-quality reproductions for museums, fine art galleries, and individual artists for more than a decade. Indeed, the finished product is so accurate and faithful to the original that it can often be difficult to distinguish between the two.