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Giclee Canvas

Important information about our artworks on GICLEE CANVAS

Giclee is a French word which means "to spatter out", a term that refers to the way ink is applied to paper by a special large-format, ultra-high-resolution (2880 x 1440 dpi) 7-color ink-jet printer. Giclee prints are the most beautiful and accurate art reproductions that have ever been made.

Independent testing by Wilhelm Imaging Research Inc. (a world-leader in image-longevity testing) has established that Giclee prints made with the very finest 100 lb. semi-gloss archival paper and archival pigmented-inks will last as long as 200 years before any noticeable shift in color integrity occurs.

Even though these giclees rival any other fine-art reproduction in longevity, perhaps the greatest benefit of giclee prints is the truly stunning accuracy of the prints.

With giclee prints the print production-line looks like this: 1) painting, 2) large-format scan-back camera, 3) final print. This is an enormous improvement with half as many steps as before. Even under high magnification the dot pattern is virtually invisible and the image appears to be continuous-tone - like the original artwork itself. There are no intermediate steps between the high-resolution and the final print, and so there is always complete control over the value and chromatic architecture of the image. Giclee prints achieve near-perfect fidelity to the original artwork.

Giclee on paper prints have a beautiful satin-finish, and offer the finest reproduction of the painting's image. Giclee on paper prints are meant to be framed under glass with acid-free mattboards;
Giclee on canvas prints have the look and feel of an original artwork and offer the finest reproduction of the painting. Giclee on Canvas prints are meant to be stretched on canvas stretcher-bars (a service offered by most good framers) and framed with frame only (no glass or mattboards) - just like original oil paintings.

Giclee prints are more expensive than other kinds of fine-art reproductions (the unit cost to produce giclee prints is 20 to 30 times more expensive than other kinds of reproduction).

These Giclee prints are designed to be viewed under neutral-colored light; very warm incandescent light (sometimes found in homes) or very cool flourescent light (sometimes found in offices) may affect the artwork's apparent color balance. Please remember that all artwork, fine-art reproductions and original oil paintings, MUST be kept away from direct sunlight.

All our artwork is on GICLEE CANVAS printed.