What is a Giclée print anyway?

Posted July 01 2013

Giclée (pronounced 'jee-clay') prints are large format reproductions made from original art or photographs printed on a variety of media, watercolour paper, 100% cotton canvas, photographic paper, or other material.

This type of art reproduction is becoming the new standard in the art industry, and is widely embraced for its quality by major museums, galleries, artists, publishers, and photographers.

Giclée prints have captured the imaginations of many artists and photographers because of their exceptional quality, longevity, and the flexibility offered by the ability to print on demand.

The result is breathtaking. A Giclée print is quite simply the closest replication of an original Artwork that is currently possible. Giclée (jee-clay) is a French word meaning "to spray or to squirt ink" originated in the 17th century. This method of printing was developed in 1989 as a digital method of fine art printing.

Sometimes referred to as an "Iris Print" (after the original machine that produced the print), it is the latest ground-breaking technological advancement of Fine Art Printing with a resolution higher than traditional 4-color offset or lithography printing, and a wider colour range than a serigraph.