In recent years, digital printmaking has revolutionized the reproduction process for many artists. The most advanced technology in fine art reproduction is the giclée printing method. Giclée, (pronounced zhee´-clay), is a French term and means “spray of ink.” The Iris printer is still considered the absolute tops in prestige. Indeed the name “Iris” is synonymous with fine art giclee prints throughout the United States.
Unlike a conventional collector print, a Giclee print is generated from a digital file, which is sent to a six or twelve-color printer, and is then printed onto heavy watercolor papers, canvas, or photographic paper. The printer produces the image by delivering a spray of ink, up to a million micro-droplets per second.
The full color spectrum of archival ink allows for the finest detail, vibrancy, and maximum resolution of color density. This printing process offers the highest degree of accuracy, and richness of color available through reproduction.
These reproductions are certified archival and have an expected lifetime of up to 150 years without fading under normal lighting conditions, (direct sunlight is not considered a “normal lighting condition”, and is detrimental to most pigmented surfaces). The superior quality of Giclee prints has allowed them to be showcased in the finest of galleries and museums throughout the world.