|Want to know more? What is Giclee Art?
(20.01.2007) || Category: Contemporary Art
There are a number of different art forms in the world today, but what the technological age has brought us is actually an interesting new dynamic; the idea of art forms that only exist specifically because of other art forms. In other words, art forms of art forms. Giclee is one of these art forms from other art forms and it has been a big hit ever since it initially came onto the market.
The Basic Idea of Giclee
The basic idea of Giclee is quite simple. Using a digital reproduction of a specific piece of artwork that is contained in a digital file on a computer, an ink-jet printer is then used to make a print of that work. This print is high in quality and is easy to sell to people because of that comparatively high quality. Therefore, the main idea is simply to take a simple digital file, a masterpiece of art and an ink-jet printer to make something that a person can purchase and hang up in their room for a quite reasonable sum of money. The idea of Giclee is to be able to represent any artwork masterpiece as an ink-jet digital reproduction and for the most part the art form has attained that goal quite admirably.
How the Giclee Process Works
There are a number of steps involve in order to get a great proof of Giclee art, the first of which involves getting a digital file with a high quality and high resolution image of the painting that you want to obtain a Giclee from. This type of image can be obtained through simple scanning of the artwork, although at the same time a typical small scanner is perhaps not going to be the best way to do it. In fact, a large industrial sized scanner that is capable of picking up minute details in a painting is the best way to do things and this is why most Giclee paintings are produced within larger photography laboratories such as the ones owned by the larger photo companies of today. For modern artists, many of which already draw digitally, this becomes an easier thing to do as there is already an electronic proof of the painting available.
Once you have the actual electronic file, then it becomes time to print it. Giclee paintings tend to be printed on big sheets of glossy or matte paper, with a gigantic ink-jet printer being used to facilitate these single paintings. Giclee paintings are printed very slowly one-by-one in order to make the final painting as high as possible in quality. The end result of this slow scanning and printing process is a painting that even some collectors would not mind purchasing to place in their home in lieu of the original painting itself.
In today’s world, Giclee Art is still relatively popular and has been associated primarily with the aspect of durability that it brings to the table. In other words, people today tend to purchase Giclee Art for the simple reason that they believe it will be very fade-resistant, something that is quite desirable considering that many reproduction lithographs do not have the same fade-resistance built into them.