What is the difference between a Fine Art Giclée and just a print?
Simply put, a Giclée is a fine art print created by using a highly specialized printer at resolutions that are otherwise not possible. It is only a true Fine Art Giclée that uses intensely saturated, deeply pigmented inks along with specialized canvas or hand-made fine art paper to create the most beautiful fine art reproductions. The cost of creating a true fine art giclée is at a minimum, fifty times more expensive to create than a regular print. The fine art giclée’s extreme quality and high cost is why only the most noted and seasoned artists with an international reputation will invest in this process. The extraordinarily high level of quality, longevity and saturation of color sets the fine art giclée a world apart from just a regular print. A true fine art giclée is the gold standard of fine art reproduction, and the process is capable of an exact replication of the original paintings color and feel. Although there is certainly nothing like an original oil painting, a true fine art giclée is highly collectible and desirable.
Giclée (pronounced Ghee’clay) prints have been the standard of excellence for fine art galleries, renowned artists, and museums for the last 30 years. The giclée printing process creates an absolutely accurate color reproduction of the original painting. Using the finest printable canvas and highly saturated pigmented inks, Giclée prints are truly heirloom quality. Limited edition giclée prints are limited to a specific number of prints. When the last print in the edition is sold, that fine art print is no longer available. Our editions are limited to 175, and with special edition releases, the edition is limited to only 50, making them highly collectible.
What is the difference between Rolled, Standard or Museum, and Gallery Wrap?
No Wrap or Rolled means that your canvas print is rolled, not stretched around a wooden frame.
A "Standard Wrap or Museum Wrap" means that your canvas will come wrapped around a ¾ inch wooden frame. The canvas is ready to frame.
A "Gallery Wrap" means the canvas is wrapped on a 1.5-inch frame. This type of stretched canvas is presented for a more contemporary look and does not require a frame. However, you can frame a gallery wrap if you wish for a more traditional look.
Many people get confused between a gallery wrap and a stretched canvas. "Gallery-Wrap" is a modern style of displaying art over wooden bars. It is a stretched canvas that doesn't have any visible staples or nails holding the fabric to the wooden stretcher bars so the painting may be hung unframed. All of our stretched Limited-Edition Giclée Prints are "Gallery Wrapped" which allows you to choose how you would like to present your collection, framed or unframed.
A bit more information on this topic:
What is Rolled Canvas GicléePrint?
Rolled canvas prints have not been stretched over a wood frame. They are shipped in a tube so the shipping cost is often less than a stretched canvas. Rolled canvas must be stretched before it can be displayed or framed. Some of our collectors prefer to have their local frame shop stretch and frame their Limited-Edition Canvas Prints.
What is Stretched Canvas Giclée Print?
Stretched canvas is a canvas print that has been stretched over a wood frame and is ready to be framed. The canvas is stapled behind the frame. Stretched canvas prints are a bit more expensive due to the stretching cost and the cost of shipping to you. The benefit of a stretched canvas print is that it is ready to be framed by the collector or professionally by your local frame shop.
Our printer publisher of choice is Madison Editions. As the first choice of renowned museums throughout the country and numerous fine artists, Madison Editions is considered the gold standard in the field of fine art reproduction. O’Malley-Keyes Fine Art has worked with Madison Editions for over 25 years and entrusts them with our fine art reproductions and limited editions of the artist’s original oil paintings.