Much is talked about Giclée in the fine art world.
And so the term Giclée has become synonymous with ‘fine art print’. We use exclusively the extraordinary Hewlet Packard ‘Z’ series wide format. Printing up to 44″ in 1200 dpi with twelve colour pigment inks and 4 picolitre drops means unsurpassed visual quality and extraordinary light fastness. These printers receive rave reviews across the world in both photographic and fine art fields.
The utilisation of light black, cyan and magenta plus primaries of red, green and blue inks in addition to the black, cyan, magenta and yellow found in normal printers gives amazingly smooth graduated tones with a complete lack of dot structure to the naked eye. With the gloss black ink and clear gloss varnish it prints onto photobase paper and looks as good as a real photo print – change to matt black ink and print onto cotton rag fine art paper and hey-presto it’s as good as an original painting or litho/screen print. Monochrome printing is unsurpassed.
In the past, inkjet printing has received a poor press with regard to longevity. While technical progress had been made on ink delivery and paper quality, giving excellent image quality, sadly, the images often degraded on exposures to light and environmental gases, sometimes alarmingly rapidly. Now, with the introduction of Vivera pigmented inks, coupled with ph controlled museum quality papers, all that has now changed – print lifetime is now measured in multiple decades and a framed print in normal home conditions can be expected to last over 250 years without visible change.
Giclée prints are widely accepted at museums and galleries. Many museums in the United States and elsewhere have either mounted exhibitions of Giclée prints or purchased prints for their permanent collections. These include: the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Guggenheim (New York), The Museum of Fine Art (Boston), The Philadelphia Museum, and The Smithsonian Institute. Additionally, many distinguished photographers and artists, among them: Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, Joyce Tennison, Peter Ralston, John Paul Caponigro, Hans Neleman, Raymond Meeks, Dennis Schultz, Peter Nelson and Richard Avedon produce works that are Giclée printed.
Digital printing has certainly come of age.
(Independent evaluation of print permanence testing can be found here: www.wilhelm-research.com/hp/Z3200.html )