FINE ART

“Giclée” prints on high quality paper

“My artistic vision translated into images”

 

 

Fine Art photography is photography created in line with the photographer’s vision as an Artist, using photography as a means of creative expression to express an idea, message, emotion or simply a feeling.

What is a Fine Art “Giclée” Print and its meaning

A Giclée is a high definition digital reproduction, printed on professional medium and large format inkjet plotters. Giclée printing can be based on water-based pigment inks (odourless and non-toxic), or solvent-based inks, which are less environmentally friendly and are progressively being replaced by “eco-solvent” inks in which the solvents are formulated to have a lower environmental impact. The term Giclée literally means “sprayed” and indicates the printing obtained by the action of the plotter’s printing head which, running along a track, literally “sprays” billions of micro-drops of ink, until the required image is formed.

Over time, Giclée printing has reached very high technological levels, and levels of reduction in the diameter of the ink droplets (microdrops), such as to achieve a printing definition never reached by traditional printing techniques. Depending on the machines used, Giclée printing uses up to 12 different colours as opposed to just four colours used in offset printing, with the result that the gamut, the range of colours and tonal transitions, is considerably wider than in traditional four-colour offset printing. The print is brighter, sharper and more nuanced than in traditional lithography. The key to Giclée printing based on water-based inks is the use of specially prepared printing substrates with coatings that trap the micro-drops of ink and allow them to dry in a very short time, without the use of ovens and without halos or imperfections. In fact, there are papers and canvases specially created for Giclée use, which allow the achievement of very high quality results in the rendering of photographic and artistic images. Another important factor in obtaining a high quality Giclée print is the presence of dedicated software, which is used for the best translation of the chromatic values of the image in the print.

 

Giclée was originally developed as a proofing system for commercial litho printing, introduced in the mid-1980s, but it was later found that presses could not reproduce the quality and colours of Giclée. Because of their quality, Giclée reproductions have become established as new treasures of the art world, coveted by collectors for their fidelity and quality, and often displayed in museums and art galleries.

Giclée printing has revolutionized the world of art and photographic reproduction, making it possible to achieve unprecedented results in a professional environment. It is increasingly used in the fields of conservation, contemporary art, professional photography and art reproduction publishing, which has found in this printing technique the possibility of reproducing masterpieces of art history with a fidelity comparable to the original works. Pigment inks, which increasingly have international certifications and a guarantee of durability under normal conditions of use (without excessive UV radiation and in non-extreme humidity conditions) of several decades, guarantee the production of high-quality and durable reproductions.

The Fine-Art Giclée printing technique, thanks to the high quality of the reproductions and the brilliance of the colours compared to traditional printing techniques, has progressively become the favourite of artists, art galleries and museums all over the world. In the industrial field, it initially found great development in the United States, and progressively in Europe, where some companies, including Italian ones, use it in their art editions.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Formats & Prices

 Fine Art Print
16×24″           300€
20×30″          400€
27×39″          600€
       
Fine Art Opaque Canvas mounted on wooden frame
with matt/glossy brush coating
20×30″          300€ +50€
27×39″          400€ +70€
       

Papers for Fine Art Prints in my Gallery

The lab that hand prints my photographs uses only Hahnemühle papers to ensure the best possible results in both colour and black and white printing.

Photo Rag Bright White 310 matt photo paper.

Photo Rag Bright White is one of the most popular printing media produced by the prestigious Hahnemuehle paper mill, made of 100% cotton fibre.

With its smooth and delicate surface, this premium quality paper is designed to bring extreme brilliance to both colours and monochrome images with excellent clarity. Ideal for both black and white and colour printing, it meets museum standards for digital FineArt.

It is an Epson Digigraphie certified media.

– Matt Photo Paper – Fine Art Museum Etching 350.

Museum Etching is an art paper made of 100% cotton fibre, free from optical brighteners.

This product combines a characteristic texture with a natural white base colour, making it the ideal support for art reproductions and for printing photographs in both warm and neutral tones.

Thanks to the use of exclusive and high quality cotton fibres, Museum Etching also meets the most stringent standards for archival materials and resistance to ageing.

It is an Epson Digigraphie certified support.

– Satin Photo Paper – Photo Pearl 310.

 

This medium is recommended for the reproduction of colour photographic images.

It has a pleasant silk-effect surface finish and with its wide tonal range allows you to obtain saturated images and reach the highest quality levels.
It is the most widely used medium for exhibition and furniture panels and its satin-finished surface reduces reflections.

Fine Art Canvas Matte Cotton – Epson Matte Canvas – Daguerre Canvas 400 

Very high quality canvas with a matt finish. The realistic effect is achieved by applying glossy or matt final varnishes by brush and then by hand. These varnishes are manufactured using natural resins, the same ones used in painting as a final protective coating for oil paintings.

These treatments give my photographic works printed on canvas an appearance similar to a painted painting, increasing the overall brilliance, the rendering of details – especially in the shaded areas – and giving the images incredible depth.

 

Digigraphie Certification and Preservation of Prints

The professional laboratory I use issues each Fine Art print with a certificate on a sheet of fine watermarked paper, uniquely matched to the print it refers to.

Fine Art printing with Digigraphie certification allows photographic artists, galleries and museums to create certified limited editions of their original works thanks to Epson’s most advanced printing technology with Epson UltraChrome HDR™ pigment inks, which guarantees absolute quality.

The use of premium media, such as Photo Rag Bright White, a high quality, 100% cotton fibre paper made by the prestigious Hahnemühle paper mill, ensures prints with the extreme brilliance and sharpness needed to meet the standards of museums and art galleries.

Fine Art prints should be stored away from heat sources and any Passpartouts and Boxes should be chlorofree.

Use and store prints at a relative humidity of 35 to 65% and a temperature of 10 to 30 °C.

For information and quotes please fill out the form

To buy a Fine Art print of my gallery, or to ask for an estimate, just fill in the form here beside specifying which is the Photograph you are interested in, the measures and possible supports.

The payment of the printed Photographs is by bank transfer in advance, an invoice will follow.
The cost of shipping abroad by courier is not included, it will be evaluated according to the request.