Stephanie Hilen Art
Lexington, Ky. Fine Artist

Giclee Prints

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Premium Quality Giclee Prints

Giclee printmaking emerged as the best technique for museum quality fine art reproductions and has maintained it's popularity as inkjet printers have become more advanced. Giclee prints hold many advantages over standard printing by providing a crisp, vibrant and beautiful reproduction of an original artwork.

Giclee printmaking uses the highest quality inkjet printers with pigmented inks, instead of dyes, to create bright colors that are truer to the original artwork. The combination of pigmented archival inks and museum quality archival paper ensures that the prints will last for a lifetime without fading. 

We hope this gives you insight into why our prints are a superior product to non-giclee prints. The first time you receive one our prints you'll see the difference!

Origins of Giclee Printing

The word giclee comes from the French phrase "le gicleur" which means “to spray”. It was modified and coined giclée, (pronounced as jeeclay) by an American company in the 1980's who was looking for a way to describe the new print making technique they were using. Since the word “inkjet” had an inferior connotation in the fine art community, the word giclee was proposed as a more refined description of prints made using this new technique.

Originally using IRIS printers, the technology has evolved considerably to include prints made on other brands of printers. These more well-known models provided by companies such as Canon and Epson now dominate this industry since they produce the most accurate prints possible while using fade resistant, archival grade inks on fine art media such as canvas or art papers.