Art Terms

What is a Giclée?

Giclée (“Gee-clay”) is a French term roughly meaning “spray of ink”, which describes the digital printing process. A Giclée is a high resolution digital print made of an archival ink and media combination. It is a recognized fine art print category like lithographs and serigraphs. Giclée is considered the world’s best technique for reproducing original works of art and for printing digitally created art and fine art photography. Giclée printmaking has opened up new markets for one-of-a-kind short run limited edition artwork.

Are Giclée Prints Better? Giclée prints look and feel more like the original art. Since Giclée printmaking is digital throughout the entire process, there is much more control of color and greater opportunity for artist interaction. Colors are richer and more saturated than other types of printing.

Giclées are made on real artist materials such as watercolor paper and canvas, and provide higher resolution and more reproducible colors than other printmaking techniques. The giclée process provides museum-like quality reproductions that have a 100-year life span. Art collectors can now have the life span of an original, but at the price of a print.

All giclées shipped from our website are unmounted and unframed canvases. If you’d like to order a mounted giclée, please call our gallery at 801-364-6789.

What is a Sketch?

A sketch is a quick rendering of the painting to get the concepts and placements of the final work onto paper. This is the first stage of the final painting.

What is a Drawing?

A drawing is a more complete picture of what the final painting will look like. Drawings include shading and scaled versions of the items in the final painting. The drawing is the final version of the picture before the painting is commenced.

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