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- No Setup Charges
- Only HP VIVERA 200 YR Archival Inks
- No Archival Charges
- No Scanning Charges
- Museum & Gallery Wrap Printing
- Ready for Stretching
Swiftmaps Giclée Canvas Trade + Consumer Pricing:
Proofing Charges If Desired: $25 (6″x9″ reduced and cropped for signed approval)
About Giclée Printing:
The Definition: Giclee (zheeklay) The French word “giclée” is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb “gicler” meaning “to squirt.”
The Term: The term “giclee print” connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photobase paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.
The Process: Giclee prints are created typically using professional 8 Color to 12 Color inkjet printers. Among the manufacturers of these printers are vanguards such as Epson, MacDermid Colorspan, & Hewlett Packard. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets. Giclee prints are sometimes mistakenly referred to as Iris prints, which are four-Color inkjet prints from a printer pioneered in the late 1970s by Iris Graphics. Swiftmaps only uses HP Z Series printers with the new industry leading Vivera inks. Vivera ink now have an industry leading 200 Year lifespan from fading. Amazing and unprecedented technology!
The Advantages: Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive upfront cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated. Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and film inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various media, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.
The Quality: The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.
The Market: Numerous examples of giclee prints can be found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Chelsea Galleries. Recent auctions of giclee prints have fetched $10,800 for Annie Leibovitz, $9,600 for Chuck Close, and $22,800 for Wolfgang Tillmans (April 23/24 2004, Photographs, New York, Phillips de Pury & Company.)