Giclee (pronounced "zheeclay") is a French word meaning, "fine spray". It is a computer generated printing that is produced by spraying of an image on to fine art paper. Its' pretty much the same as your garden variety inkjet printer on steroids. We produce our own giclees by taking a high quality scan of the original artwork, and then print them using a high quality Epson printer. The inks used are archival and specially made so they achieve a resolution of 1440 dpi. The paper used is specially prepared to accept this type of printing. As with other fine art printing processes, the artist approves "proofs" of the art print to insure that the right tone, depth and color is produced.
Until recently inkjet printers suffered noticeable fading quite quickly. In the last several years improvements have been made to the inks, paper and canvas used by the printers. Currently giclee-quality inkjet prints can have a life expectancy of 100-200 years. When prints are produced on good quality paper, the print should possess archival standards of permanence comparable or better than other collectible artwork. The visual quality of the print is extremely high and the color saturation and definition stunning.