Monotype Prints

The Hippopotamus Hunt Giclee by Peter Paul
Rubens is printed on paper and canvas
using an Epson ink printer.

What is a Giclee?

Giclee (zhee-clay, Fr) is an advanced printmaking technology for creating museum quality Fine Art reproductions of orginal art. The giclee is also referred to as an Archival Print, produced from a high-end digital scan of existing work.

Museum-quality Giclee reproductions are recognized as “the next best thing” to owning an original and can be found in the world’s finest museums and galleries, as well as private collectors’ work.

Woodblock Print: "The Flirt"
by Utamaro reproduced as
a Giclee
Many museums in the United States and abroad, for example, have mounted exhibitions of Giclee prints or purchased prints for their permanent collections. These include: the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), the Guggenheim Museum (NYC), the Museum of Fine Art (Boston), the Philadelphia Museum, and the Smithsonian Institute (Washington DC).

Giclees can be printed on any number of media surface, including sheets of high-grade printmaking or watercolor paper, vinyl material, and canvas.

More technically, a fine art giclee is created by tiny ink jets spraying millions of droplets of archival, pigmented ink onto a sheet of fine art, acid-free printmaking paper. Precise computer calculations control seven ink jets that together produce 512 shades of dense, quality ink. The information controlling the jets comes directly from a computer – in this case a hi-resolution scan of the artist’s original work.