Buying a Giclee Print is an excellent choice when you are in the market for Fine Art. There are several forms of Fine Art Prints and if you are not familiar with them then you may be asking yourself, "What exactly is a Giclee Print?" First, let's pronounce it correctly: Giclee (zhee-klay). The term "giclee print" means an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various media including fine art, canvas and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.
When it comes to quality, the giclee print rivals’ traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in art galleries, museums and photographic showings, as well as, independent and private collections throughout the world.
Let's get a deeper understanding as to why artists choose to offer giclee prints of their artwork. Artists who don’t find it feasible to produce mass amounts of their work but want to reproduce their art as needed find see the advantage of giclee prints. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as film and negatives inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various media, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.
How is any of this beneficial to the buyer? Cost, Quality, Availability and Market Value. These are what makes purchasing a Giclee Print an excellent choice to any buyer. The Cost of buying an Original art piece vs. the Giclee Print is far more affordable and reasonable. As for the Quality, a giclee print can be produced using various types of media. Many artists select to use canvas when the original was created on canvas specifically for its authenticity aspect. And canvas prints are much more durable than paper as they do not crease when rolled for mailing. This is particularly helpful when purchasing art online. Let's not forget about Availability. Once the original is sold it's gone. Artists offering Giclee Prints are able to make available limited quantities for sale. Now more than one art lover can enjoy these wonderful artworks.
There is one more benefit to buying a Giclee Print and that is their Market Value. Numerous examples of Giclee Prints can be found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the Chelsea Galleries and The Museum of Modern Art. Auctions of giclee prints have fetched $10,800 for Annie Leibovitz, $9,600 for Chuck Close, and $22,800 for Wolfgang Tillmans.
Giclee Prints are absolutely worth your investment. Happy Shopping!