What is Giclée?

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Giclée (pronounced zhee-clay) is a French word for a spray or squirt of liquid. Giclée prints are a finer process of printmaking created from high-resolution scans and printed on a variety of base materials, including canvas.

Archival ink is used to resist fading and weathering and when combined with a protective UV coating, creates a piece that will last and impress for generations. High-resolution inkjet printers use microscopic dots of ink to produce a Giclée print on canvas. To better absorb the ink and showcase his images, Richard uses a tight-weave, heavyweight canvas made of 65 percent polyester and 35 percent cotton.

Although Giclée has widely replaced lithography as the reproduction photography of choice, it remains relatively new in the world of art. However, Giclée art is beginning to gain prominence with its pieces on display in many world-renowned museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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