Come and visit our latest exhibition Gardens of Our Heart: The Art of Glenda Green and take advantage of this limited time opportunity to purchase one of Glenda Green’s limited edition giclees!

What is a Giclée?

The art of fine art printing has hit a high-water mark with the advent of the revolutionary Giclée (zhee-clay) printing process.  This type of art reproduction is quickly becoming the new standard in the art industry, and is widely embraced for its quality by major museums, galleries, publishers, and artists.  A Giclée Print is the closest duplication of an original artwork that is technically possible.

 

A Giclée print can provide a realistic, affordable, and aesthetically pleasing representation of the original work of art.  Limited editions of giclees creations, are true investments and have escalated in value as the edition sells out, and for years into the future.  Therefore, a limited edition signed and numbered giclee is an heirloom collectable that can be returned to an aftermarket just as any fine collectable would allow.

 

With reference to collectable and investment value, it should be added that not all giclees are created equal.  Due to their increased popularity one can find mass-market open-ended giclees printed on very cheap canvas (even imitation canvas) in gift shops selling ordinary decorative objects.

 

A true fine art giclee is created by the artist on the finest canvas in limited editions that he or she supervises, inspects, and signs with the number of that print’s issue.  This is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity that also records the date of its creation.

 

Glenda Green’s giclees can be purchased in two forms.  First, there is an unframed creation that you may frame in a traditional manner according to your personal taste.  The second form is stretched on heavy duty stretchers with a cloned extension of the painting’s image wrapped around the edges.  This does not cut into the main image at all, and this unique product can be traditionally framed at any time.  It just provides the convenience of hanging in your home or office in a décor-neutral way immediately.  Later on if you choose to frame it, that can be done as easily as the simple unframed piece.
The cornerstone of this process is an advanced and highly enhanced digital printer, which is specifically designed for the rigorous and precise criteria of fine art collectors and museum quality, limited edition prints.  The results are so rich and accurate, all other methods of reproduction pale by comparison.  The latest Giclée Printing Technology has far surpassed the standard 4-color process to provide an 8 or even 12-color process.  It is so precise it even reproduces brush strokes and canvas patterns.  Yet, the process is so adaptable the artist can proof and adjust each print as it rolls out.

The word Giclée itself is French, and means spurt or squirt, in this case meaning, “spray of ink”. From hundreds of ink jets come more than a million droplets of ink per second as they are sprayed on a canvas or watercolor paper.  Once completed an image is comprised of almost 20 billion droplets of ink.

 

The large size and sturdiness of these printers allows the prints to be made directly onto heavy-grade artist canvas, thus preserving the original character or medium of the art work.  The resulting print has no perceptible dot pattern and an almost endless array of richly saturated color.  The most archival, light-fast inks and spray sealants available are used.  Giclée inks offer a 105-year light-fastness and UV-resistance under museum archival condition.

After two decades of testing and scrutinizing this new print medium, fine art galleries across the country are now proudly exhibiting Giclée’s as authentic (even original) works of art and warmly receiving them into their collections.

 

There is an outstanding exhibition record in such museums as these:

·        The Metropolitan Museum  (New York)
·        Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
·        The Los Angeles County Museum
·        Zimmerli Museum of Art-Rutgers University
·        The British Museum
·        National Museum of Art
·        Philadelphia Museum of Art
·        The New York Public Library
·        San Francisco Museum of Art
·        The Corcoran Gallery
·        Laguna Museum of Art
·        The Washington Post Collection