- Is art a good investment?
- What's the difference between the primary and secondary art markets?
- What is a giclee print?
- More about giclee prints
- Giclee versus Original artwork.
- Is art a good investment?:
Buy art because you'll love having it in your life day after day, not because you expect to make money off of it in the future. If your artwork happens to increase in value, consider yourself lucky that you did not have to pay more for the same pleasure. [Top of Page]
- What's the difference between the primary and secondary art markets?:
The primary market refers to art that comes to the gallery directly from the artists' studio and is sold by the dealer to the collector.
The secondary market refers to art that is put up for sale not by the artist, but by a collector or other dealer who wants to sell it. By definition, art on the secondary market is by artists who have a substantial worldly reputation. There is little to no secondary market for work by artists who do not enjoy such a reputation. [Top of Page]
- What is a giclee print?:
Giclee’, pronounced “zheeclay” is a high quality, high resolution form of fine art reproduction. The word is from the French word gicluer, meaning “jet or nozzle”, and is a reference to the ink jet printers used in the process. In the process, the image is captured using digital technology, printed onto archival canvas or paper using high quality archival inks. Giclee’ reproductions on canvas are stretched and individually hand retouched with a clear acrylic coating which imparts texture to the canvas surface.
Giclee’ reproductions were originally developed in 1989 as a plate less alternative to common offset lithography. Advances in technology, inks and media have allowed them to develop to the point that today they are recognized by the art community as one of the best methods available for fine art reproductions. [Top of Page]
- More about giclee prints:
Giclee’s look and feel like original art. Giclee’ reproductions have continuous tone so it is often difficult to distinguish between the giclee’ and the original artwork. They offer richness in detail, depth and brilliant color not available in traditional printing methods. Archival inks (pigmented inks, not dyes), papers and canvases used throughout give giclee’s a lifespan that far exceeds that of other reproduction processes.
Giclee’ technology is now accepted in hundreds of fine art galleries around the world including the
Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Guggenheim, the Corcoran in Washington and the High Museum in Atlanta. [Top of Page]
- Giclee versus Original artwork.:
Keep in mind that a giclee is a reproduction. If it is the hand of the original artist and the art process itself that is part of the value that you find in the artwork, then giclee prints may not be for you. But for many clients, giclee prints are a great alternative if they love a piece of art work, but the original is no longer available or the price of the original is not in their budget. [Top of Page]