The French word "Giclée" (pronounced zhee-clay) translates in English to "spraying of ink". Giclée prints are high-resolution digital reproductions of original artwork using sophisticated printers that spray tiny droplets of ink onto media such as watercolor papers and canvas. Currently exhibited in globally renowned museums such as The Louvre, The Guggenheim, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Giclée prints so closely mirror the original artwork that they ore often displayed in place of masterpieces on loan.
Giclées are also quickly gaining desirability among private collectors of fine art.
Unlike traditional printmaking methods, the Giclée process directly involves the artist so that all reproductions accurately reflect his or her original vision right down to the chosen paper stock. Moreover, Giclée technology allows the artist to hand-embellish his or her work so that each print becomes a unique collectible. In contrast to mass productions, every piece in a Giclée series is individually hand-crafted with care by a seasoned printmaker.
Not only does this result in expert attention to each print, but because each series is finite, Giclées are more affordable for the artist and, in turn, the collector. Artists with vert highly priced work are often willing to consider releasing Giclées by consumer request so that art lovers can decorate their own homes with customized prints.
Furthermore, because the reasonable rates of Giclée reproduction attract emerging talent, collectors have the opportunity to invest in artwork that promises to appreciate in the future.