What is a Giclee?

A giclee (zhee-CLAY), is an individually produced, high-resolution, high-fidelity, high tech reproduction done on a special large format printer. Giclees are produced from digital scans of existing artwork.

Giclees can be printed on any number of media, from canvas to watercolor paper to vinyl, to transparent acetates. Giclees are superior to traditional lithography in nearly every way. The colors are brighter, last longer, and are so high-resolution that they are virtually 'continuous tone', rather than tiny dots. The range, or "gamut" of color for giclees is far beyond that of lithography, and details are crisper. Giclees are typically sold by the square inch or square foot.

Giclees use inkjet technology, but far more sophisticated than your desktop printer. The process employs six colors--light cyan, cyan, light magenta, magenta, yellow and 2 blacks of lightfast fade resistant pigmented inks. The ink is sprayed onto the page, actually mixing the color on the page to create truer shades and hues. Lithography uses tiny dots of four colors--cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Colors are "created" by printing different size dots of these four colors.

Giclees are priced midway between original art and regular limited edition lithographs. Limited edition litho prints are usually produced in editions of 500-1000 or more, all at once; but giclees rarely exceed 50-100 high-quality reproductions, one at a time. Giclees are coveted by collectors, artists and galleries for their fidelity and quality.

Giclees are produced directly from a digital file, saving generations of detail-robbing negatives and printing plates used with traditional litho printing. Gasworks Gallery has our own giclee printer, allowing for more flexibility, experimentation, quick turnaround and lower costs (no middleman) to our customers. View our pricing.

We print our giclees on a new Epson 9800 printer. This is the same printer used by Ivey.com to produce their highest quality limited edition giclees. Our prices for limited edition giclees are less than half of what many giclee printers charge for wholesale direct to the artist or gallery. Please contact the gallery for additional giclee pricing.  info@gasworksgallery.com