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About IRIS Giclée prints

An "Iris Print" produces a Giclée (derived from a French term meaning "spray of ink,"). The word Giclée is used to describe a museum-quality print generated on a high-end fine art printer such as an Iris printer. In the print making process, a fine stream of ink (millions of droplets per second) is sprayed onto an archival art paper or canvas, which is hand-mounted onto a rotating drum, creating the fine art print.


Advantages of Iris Prints

Vibrant colors and rich detailing - The process has control over three million possible colors, over five hundred chromatic changes, and precise control over color hue, value and density. These broad capabilities can accommodate the many artistic styles and capture the artistic vision of the artist more fully. Since no screens are used in the printmaking process, giclee prints have a higher resolution than that of lithographs and the dynamic color range of giclee prints is greater than that of serigraphs.


Prominent Artists that offer Iris Prints

John Baldessari, Grancesco Clemente, Jim Dine, David Hockney, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth


Many museums use Iris Prints

The Guggenheim Museum, the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The National Gallery for Women in the Arts, the Smithsonian, and the Walker Art Center