What is a Giclee Print?
Giclee Fine Art Prints (pronounced “gee-clay”) are extremely high quality, archival grade, digital prints that use an ultra-fine inkjet printing process to produce images of intense colour and vibrancy. Giclee printing is widely regarded as one of the very best fine art printing methods currently available and has become extremely popular with artists and photographers displaying their images in art galleries, museums, and exhibitions. This sophisticated digital reproduction technology utilizes light-fast and UV-resistant pigment-based inks with more colours than regular printing, to produce beautiful digital reproductions that last much longer than those produced using traditional commercial fine art printing techniques. Giclee inks are lightfast to an extremely high standard, and are designed to be printed onto specially developed archival quality papers. The results are superb quality prints with unparalleled vibrancy and detail that should literally last well over a lifetime.
What is the difference between a Limited Edition and an Open Edition print?
First of all, the quality of the two types of prints is exactly the same. They are printed on the same paper, with the same inks, by the same printing company.
A limited edition print simply means that there are a set number of prints available in a particular size. Once they are sold, there will be no more available. Ever. My limited editions are also signed and numbered by me. The lower the number in the edition, the more valuable it is within that particular run. A signed certificate of authenticity also accompanies each limited edition print.
An open edition means there is no limit to the number of prints available. These editions are signed on the front, but not numbered, as there is no reason to do so. They also come with a certificate of authenticity.
An artist proof is a special print that is ordered prior to the editions being run. Typically, it is a “test” print, to receive the artist’s approval prior to the run of prints being created. They are sometimes perceived to be of higher value, because they are the artist’s personal copies. They are denoted by A.P. instead of a number, and usually signed as well. The artist’s proofs are generally the last to be sold, if at all.