Why I Hate Giclees

April 12, 2018

Late Afternoon Autumn is an acrylic painting by Berge Missakian

Technology has made leaps and bounds since the first print was inked and pressed. The computer has revolutionized the process into what is now commonly called a Giclee print.  Basically, it is the exact same process when you take a photograph, down load it into your computer and print it out on your ink jet printer. The printers, software program, inks and paper that are used are higher in quality, but the process is the same.  About 98% of these prints are reproductive. It is a copy of another work of art. They can be printed on paper, canvas, material, & practically anything else. Artist will "enhance" these prints by using paint to high light certain areas and they then sign and number them.

Aqua is a water colored etching by David HunterSo why do I hate them?  It's not the print that I hate so much as the insinuation that they are fine art prints. A fine art print is an etching, engraving, lithograph (not an offset lithograph), wood cut, etc in which the artist created their design on a matrix and it is not a copy of a painting or other work of art. A giclee can printed on paper or a shower curtain, the originality and artist involvement is the same. It breaks my heart that a collector will pay thousands of dollars for a giclee believing that they are acquiring an original work of fine art. Yes, giclees are in editions, but with computer technology, all that has to be done is change the size and what it is printed on and another edition is created.

If you decide that you want a giclee, just be aware of what it truly is. I realize that you can enjoy a cz as easily as a diamond, but hopefully you will not pay the same price or expect a cz to be a diamond. It's the same concept. 

Seaside Art Gallery specializes in just original works of art.





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