What is a Canvas giclée (gee-clay) print?

The French word Giclée means to spray or squirt. This process uses incredibly accurate computer controlled jets to apply ink to artist's canvas. These unique jets are able to vary the width of the ink stream to as small as 1/100th the width of human hair. It is this capability that gives the giclée its beauty. Giclées have a higher resolution than offset lithographs and the dynamic color range is greater than serigraphy.

 How does it work?
The giclée process begins with the input stage. A scan of the original painting or transparency will create a digital file. The scanning process is critical and requires the most technically advanced equipment.  After the scan is complete, the resulting file will be entered into the computer where the file must be color balanced  and adjusted to match the original artwork. Making the final print match or exceed the original painting is an art in itself and calls for a great deal of patience and skill.

About the materials used
Our inks have been tested on Arches cold press paper. Prints have an expected life of 32 to 36 years under normal conditions of 450 lux for 12 hours per day without noticeable fading. This is more permanent than the original painting.

Each piece is coated with a crystal clear finish that is non yellowing, and contains a UV inhibitor. Your print should be afforded the same level of care as an original piece of art. They are valuable works, beautiful reproductions but costly to produce, therefore should be handled with great care.

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