With the advent of the giclée, fine art printing has become even more precise. The prints have a high apparent resolution and the dynamic color range is much more than that available in serigraphs or lithographs. In the giclée process, a micro stream of ink — more than four million droplets per second — is sprayed onto archival art paper or canvas. The effect is similar to an airbrush technique, but much finer. Each piece of paper or canvas is carefully hand-mounted onto a drum which rotates at high speed during printing. Exact calculations of hue, value and density direct the ink from four nozzles. This produces a combination of 512 chromatic changes (with over 3 million colors possible) of highly saturated, non-toxic, water-based, archival quality ink. The artist’s input and color approval are essential for creating the final custom setting for the edition.

The latest advancements in the giclée process are the work of a sophisticated fine art production facility that utilizes the highest resolution digital printmakers. This edition of fine art prints is a collaboration between the artist and specially trained craftsmen. They have extended the boundaries of current technology by customizing their equipment, designing new programs, and offering protective coatings to ensure quality standards for the collector.

Displaying a full-color spectrum, giclée prints capture every nuance of an original piece of art — be it watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, or pen and ink — and have gained wide acceptance from artists such as David Hockney, Robert Rauschenberg and Ken Goldman, and by major institutions such as the Chicago Art Institute and Los Angeles County Museum.

Unlike other printing techniques, such as Lithography and Serigraphy, the cost to create each giclée remains the same. If it cost $200 to create the first piece, it will cost $200 to produce each remaining piece. Many collectors believe the additional cost is well worth it for the beauty of the rendition, and the joy of owning a piece of art which so closely represents the artist’s original.

A/P — Artist’s Proof
Small amounts are usually available of each giclée. The first step in creating a limited edition print is the creation of one or more “artist proofs”. The artist must approve these as being the acceptable for the final print rendition. After approval of the artist proofs, the printer prepares to print the limited edition (see P/P below).

A print is embellished when the artist adds to the finished print using an art medium such as pastel, pen, acrylic, etc. As each print is individually done, no two will be alike. The artist may just add a few strokes, or actually change the look of the original piece. Embellished prints are more expensive because, in effect, the artist is actually creating an original piece of art from each print.

This guarantees that only a given number of an image or sculpture will be created in the size, style and medium indicated. The artist, who owns the copyright, certifies to this. Our limited editions are of the highest quality available. A Tirage Certificate of Authentication is provided for each piece. This certificate will list information about it: artist, title, medium, edition size, size of the art, release date, publisher or foundry, and edition number. The certificate is signed by the artist. In addition, each piece is signed and numbered only by the artist, and only after the artist has approved the completed edition.

P/PPrinter’s or Press Proofs
Small amounts are usually available. Before the press is ready to roll on an approved edition, the printer must run several prints to verify that his proofs match the approved artist’s proof (see A/P above). This is very important, for it is the final approval of the entire edition. After these printer proofs are approved by both the artist and the printer, the final limited edition is printed.

A remarque is created when the artist takes a few completed prints and adds an additional element or elements of art within the border of the print. Each remarque is uniquely hand created by the artist on each and every remarqued print. These prints are more expensive because in effect, the artist is actually creating an original piece of art from each print.

S/NSigned and Numbered
The artist may sign and number in the border on on the piece itself. When the artist signs and numbers a piece of art, they certify the number in the edition and that it has been approved by the artist.

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