What are Fine Art Giclée Prints?

Giclée (zhee-klay) - The French word "giclée" is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to squirt".

Giclée print images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival (will not fade) quality inks on to various substrates including canvas, fine art watercolour paper, and photo-base paper. The giclée printing process provides better colour accuracy than other means of reproduction.

Giclée prints are created using professional 8 to 12-colour ink-jet printers, such as Epson, MacDermid Colorspan, and Hewlett-Packard. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets.

Giclée prints allow artists to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated. Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and film inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclée printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and on to various media, giving the artist the ability to customise prints for a specific client.

The quality of the giclée print rivals traditional silver halide and gelatine printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.

What are Limited Edition Prints?

Each Fine Art Print is signed and the limited edition number (usually out of 100) is stated. The print is carefully wrapped in tissue paper and placed either between two sheets of MDF or in a cardboard tube and mailed directly to you. You will be contacted by Southdowns Gallery giving details of delivery immediately after you place your order.

How do I place an order?

Select the images you require on the full image pages and choose the size of print you want to purchase. Then order your prints via the secure online system using PayPal. Your prints will then be produced by a professional processing lab on high quality Fine Art Archival paper. Prints have a 3cm white border and image sizes are approximately A4, A3, A2 and A1. They can be framed with a matt mount to fit standard sized frames of 40x50cm, 50x70cm, 60x80 and 70x100cm. We do not supply framed prints.

What if I want to return my order?

If you are not satisfied with the results your payments will be returned in full.

What is your privacy policy?

Your details will not be given to any other organisation without your consent.

Are my payments secure?

Your transactions are processed by PayPal, which is a trusted worldwide secure payment system.

Are the images copyrighted?

All images are the copyright of David Williams and cannot be reproduced in any form without the permission of the artist.