Thursday, August 6, 2009

"What is a Giclee? - Part 1"

Dear Friends, patrons, and fellow artists,

A mysterious word has arisen in the art world over the past ten years. Still today many of us can't pronounce the word, "giclee". According to Wikipedia, here's the definition...

Giclée (pronounced / "zhee-clay" or / from French) is an invented name (i.e. a neologism) for the process of making fine art prints from a digital source using ink-jet printing. The word "giclée" is derived from the French language word "le gicleur" meaning "nozzle", or more specifically "gicler" meaning "to squirt, spurt, or spray"[1]. It was coined in 1991 by Jack Duganne[2], a printmaker working in the field, to represent any inkjet-based digital print used as fine art. The intent of that name was to distinguish commonly known industrial "Iris proofs" from the type of fine art prints artists were producing on those same types of printers. The name was originally applied to fine art prints created on Iris printers in a process invented in the early 1990s but has since come to mean any high quality ink-jet print and is often used in galleries and print shops to denote such prints.

Well, there you go. I figured I'd leave the details up to the experts. Speaking of experts, it would be worth your time to visit the VAE and meet Damon Rando of Artful Color. A national expert on the art and science of fine art giclee prints. I highly reccomend working with him and Stephen Carroll, who is likewise a brilliant printmaker. They produced my portfolio of giclee prints.

Check out Damon Rando and the VAE...

August Artists' Night: giclee prints Damon Rando of Artful Color giclee studios ( will give a talk entitled "The Business and Science of Fine Art Giclee" on Tuesday, August 18 at 7pm at VAE. FREE for VAE members, $5 for non-members. To register, contact Rachel Berry at or 919.828.7834, ext. 4.

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