Fine Art Gicleé

Giclée is a French term meaning “to spray” or “to squirt”. It references the process that a 12 color inkjet printer uses to reproduce an image. Gicleés have sharp details and high resolution, displaying a full-color spectrum, capturing every shade of an original work.

Gicleés use pigment inks rather than the common dye inks. Pigment inks closely resemble actual paint. The Giclee printer sprays the pigment inks onto archival paper, or canvas, one colored layer at a time, with different layers overlapping the other where needed. This process closely resembles spray painting and is the closest method to getting paint onto canvas like an artist would.

Pigment inks are based on super-small particles of pigment color that float around in a liquid (water, alcohol, etc.). The liquid eventually gets absorbed into the paper or other surfaces, but the pigments don’t. They stay on the surface and adhere to the fibers. This allows pigment inks to be hugely resistant and provide exceptional durability. Pigment inks are used for archiving because they hold color much better over time.  The paper or surface used must be acid-free and of archival (+100yrs) quality to ensure longevity.

Gicleés allow art collectors to affordably enjoy favorite pieces of art.