What is a Giclee or Giclee Original archival print on canvas?

Some of my paintings are available as archival prints on canvas (Giclee). I call them Giclee Originals (c) . First I create the painting, then I have the giclee made by a family company of truly skilled technicians, with a heap of expensive photo and printing equipment,  in Niagara Falls Ontario. (Thank you Aztek!)

 

The painting is photographed and translated to a carefully color matched electronic copy (this is where you really appreciate the skill of the Aztek technicians).  A proof is prepared which I review to make sure the resulting print is excellent.

 

Then the painting is printed onto archival quality canvas, and overlaid with sealers to ensure it is impervious to UV light, water or other forms of light and chemical damage. The canvas is wrapped on gallery quality strechers. I sign and write notes on the back.

 

THEN, I paint on the print creating a unique individual painting based on the original. Then I overlay with varnish. That is how the prints become Giclee Originals! 

 

Archival quality prints are advantageous in that they can better withstand the rigours of hanging in a kitchen, dining area or commercial establishment. They will withstand sunlight better than an original oil or acrylic painting. Archival prints are not inexpensive, but they can be sold for less than an original.

 

Prints can be made larger or smaller than the original painting. If you would like to change the size of a print, contact me for pricing