Giclée Printing

Giclée printing provides for the highest quality fine art graphics with rich, vibrant colors in the tradition of original stone lithography.

For my canvas prints, I specify the use of Epson Exhibition Natural Matte.

A 19 mil, 390 gsm poly-cotton metallic inkjet canvas. This canvas is a very high performance product. We chose this to be the successor to our 100% cotton canvases that we have always offered for the most demanding situations. This canvas is normally hand sprayed with a satin finish. You can request other finishes including roll coating or textured according to your instructions in the Special Instructions box during the order process. An acid free, lignin free heavyweight cotton-poly blend, this elegantly textured canvas features a matte non-reflective surface with a bright white point, exceptionally high Dmax and wide color gamut. Exhibition Canvas Natural Matte enables users to achieve industry-leading DMax and color gamut for prints that require stunning, museum-grade image quality and durability, without the use of Optical Brighteners (OBA). Built on a polyester and cotton blend that is specially coated to produce vibrant colors as well as rich, deep blacks and tonal gradations that distinguish them from competitive products. These poly-cotton canvases are also the ideal weight and can also be easily stretched and coated to help achieve the best combination of image quality and archival display life.

Click the link for more details. Each canvas is mounted on a stretcher with 1.5″ edges. Our printer is American Art Editions.

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A Certificate of Authenticity accompanies each print.

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Many museums have mounted exhibitions or purchased giclées for their permanent collections. These include the Guggenheim (New York), the Philadelphia Museum, the Butler Institute (Youngstown, OH), the National Museum of Mexico, the Corcoran (DC), the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (DC), The Metropolitan Museum (New York), the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the New York Public Library Graphic Collection, the California Museum of Photography, the Walker Art Center, the San Jose Museum, and the High Museum (Atlanta). There are many others.

My Limited Edition canvas prints are signed and numbered on the back using an acid free, pigmented ink that is archival quality, light fast, waterproof, and fade proof. My Limited Edition prints on paper are signed, numbered, and dated using a traditional sharp pencil.

Digital Art

(The following was written by exhibiting artist and teacher with over 20 years of professional experience. AmberColumbia (handle) earned her M.F.A. Maryland Institute College of Art and a B.F.A. University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.)

This brief guide is all about finding Original Digital Collages and Prints and REPRODUCTIONS of other forms of art.

An original digital print is made by the artist in digital media in order to make prints, either limited edition or monotypes. Each print is an original just as prints created through engraving, aquatint, dry point, etching, silkscreen, or woodblock are all original. Digital prints are generally printed using the highest quality Giclée (iris) processes. Many artists create mixed medium, one- of -a -kind digital works as well as prints. These images may be transferred onto wood, metal, canvas or stone and the artist continues to work on the piece using any technique or mediums necessary to complete the work.

Digital artists utilize computer programs such as Illustrator or PhotoShop. These programs contain wonderful tools for the artist; tools that are not that different from those found in a traditional bricks-n-mortar studio (analog). Digital artists have mastered the use of digital brushes of all kinds, shapes, and sizes. The digital “paint” is available on a digital palette. Digital pencils, erasers, scissors, and paste are also available to the artist working in this digital world.

Artist- generated digital forms as well as scanned objects and photographic images can be incorporated into the works. These forms may be altered to create new forms. The digital artist is able to multiply, scale, make transparencies, paint, cut and paste until she/he is satisfied. The creative process is the same as with artists working a traditional studio setting.

CAVEAT EMPTOR: Often, PRINTS are sold as original when they are nothing more than photographically reproduced watercolors, oils, or drawings. Commonly, the images are also printed as high quality Giclée (iris) or laser prints. The unsuspecting buyer is fooled into thinking they are original because each “print” is numbered, signed, and dated by the artist. SCRUPLOUS sellers will let you know that the print they offer for sale is a reproduction of another form of art.

In addition, there are a number of so-called-artists who are filtering photographs in order to make them look like original watercolors and drawings. The watercolor and charcoal filters are applied digitally and the resultant images are printed on high quality watercolor and drawing papers. These images are NOT ORIGINAL WORKS OF ART.