What is a Giclée?
Giclées are quickly becoming the best way to reproduce fine art, but you might not know what they are, so here's a quick explanation! Pronounced "jee-clay" or "zhee-clay", the word giclée is derived from a French word meaning "to spray or to squirt." In the simplest term, it is a digital fine art reproduction. A Slone Art giclée is a very limited edition (typically, there are less than 100 in each edition) signed and numbered by Richard T. Slone. Many of them have been meticulously and elaborately hand-embellished, meaning that there is an exceptional amount of painting applied to the giclée to create the notable texture and tactile quality for which Slone's hand embellished limited editions have become so well-known.
There are other artist's and publishers who will embellish giclees using no real paint at all. Instead, they hire someone, usually a third party production company to simply apply a clear gel. At the Slone Art Company we feel this is unfair to the client and also to the integrity of Slone's art.
Our hand embellished giclee's need to look spectacular and nothing is as beautiful and authentic as real paint. The pigments and textures Slone uses on his originals allow no substitute. Therefore we use the same actual paint to embellish our limited edition giclees as we do to create the originals.
Secondly, we do not allow anyone other than the artist himself to apply the paint. Quite simply, nobody is qualified to embellish Slone's limited edition giclee's other than Slone himself. This practice means there are no mass produced embellished editions out there created by unqualified production people. This is a rare practice in today's art market and our clients see the difference. When you acquire a Slone hand-embellished giclee you can rest assured knowing it's uniquely embellished by the artist and nobody else.
Back to the actual process of creating Giclees. If you are familiar with lithography or serigraphy, giclées are the next step in the evolution of limited fine art reproduction. Giclées are generated from the highest resolution digital scans, and are printed with archival inks onto various mediums, including canvas and fine art papers. At the Slone Art Company, we've created our own production and publishing team to ensure perfection using the highest quality materials in the industry. The giclée printing process provides better details and color accuracy than other means of reproduction - it also allows the artist to ensure that every released edition is representative of his original work. The quality of a giclée rivals traditional silver halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries and photographic galleries. Numerous examples of giclée prints can be found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Chelsea Galleries.