Simply put, a giclée (or giclee) print is a work of art made using archival-quality, pigment-based inks on an archival paper or other substrate. Although it sometimes is used as a generic term for an inkjet print of any kind, to artists a giclée print means a top-quality piece of art just as permanent, collectible, and valuable as other reproduction methods like lithography.
The word “giclée” was introduced to fine art printmaking in the early 1990s by printmaker Jack Duganne, as a reference to prints made on the then high-end Iris inkjet printer using archival inks and papers. In French, the word gicler means to spray or squirt, so Duganne coined the term giclée as a word for that which is squirted on — thus, the “squirted paper,” or, the sprayed ink print.
It’s important to reiterate that giclee prints are made with the same type of process your home inkjet printer uses, but the equipment is much more precise in the size and placement of ink droplets, and the ink itself is a different substance than what you find in consumer ink cartridges. Furthermore, the artist’s methods for creating the digital file that is printed are laborious and exacting in order to yield a print that matches his or her vision of the final artwork.
Every print I make is a giclée print on watercolor paper, individually signed and, for large-format limited-edition prints, numbered. I take great pride in the look of my images and only accept the finest craftsmanship for the prints I sell. I know you will be just as proud and delighted to display your art.