Giclée is a French word meaning “to spray”.A giclée reproduction brings about the best possible resolution, (sharp imagery) and archival color values (brilliant. long lasting, non fading colors) from an original painting.
Using the finest state of the art technology in our current digital age, a giclée is produced by first capturing the image with a very high-resolution digital camera, (300 dpsi). The captured image is then transferred to a computer monitor where the artist, Michael Whitlow and a technician, while simultaneously looking at the original painting and the computer monitor image, make the image in as close to the original as the artists eye can perceive. This monitor image is then translated into a state of the art color printer, whose capability allows the “spraying” of ink pigment through eight color jets onto a museum quality canvas, thus creating a giclée that is so close to the original that it is very difficult for even the trained professional eye to differentiate.
After receiving the giclée, the artist Michael Whitlow, then places it on his studio easel and over-paints, or enhances, it in certain places to give it texture, and make it appear even more vibrant and close to the original.
When totally satisfied, Michael Whitlow then signs and numbers the giclée. They are numbered on the backside of the giclée because so many past clients have remarked that they cannot tell if it is a giclée or an original and so requested numbering on the reverse side.
This all adds up to a superb giclée that provides a lifetime of enjoyment in its chosen location.