Jean Claude Gaugy : Archival Pigment Prints

Archival Pigment Prints on Canvas are a recent addition to Gaugy’s oeuvre. He has long desired to make his work more broadly available at reasonable prices, but had no satisfactory way to accomplish this goal. Now, very recent advances in technology make genuinely faithful reproduction of his colors and layered painting techniques possible. The printing is accomplished in cooperation with Thomas Parks, a fine printmaker and owner of Orion Studios in Santa Fe, NM, using the latest and finest digital technology available, working together to get every detail to the artist’s satisfaction. Every print is individually examined. Wilhelm Labs, the best U.S. testing facility extant, estimates the color stability of these archival pigment prints to be over one hundred years under normal household light conditions. All prints are accompanied with signed certifications regarding printing, edition sizes, etc.

Prints can be purchased one of two ways — cost is the same:

  1. Printed on canvas with a wide black border around the image and then stretched on wide (1.5”) stretcher bars creating a very finished, “boxed” effect – no frame needed.
  2. Printed with a ¼” white border around the image and then stretched on more narrow (1”) stretcher bars, ready for framing. The white border (which will be concealed by the normal frame rabbet/inset) is provided so the frame will cover the minimal amount of painting image. We can also have framing done at very reasonable cost, if you wish us to.

Are these “giclees” ? “Giclee” is one of the more commonly misused words in art today. In French, it means to “spurt”, as in blood, and it was also an old French etching term, which meant to shake ink in a particular way. When the Iris Co. developed the very first inks and printers capable of satisfactorily reproducing art (about two decades ago), they trademarked the word “giclee”, because “shaking ink” is roughly what inkjet printers do, and they wanted a fancy, arty word to use, fearing that the public might reject mere “digital” printing for something as precious as art.

Well, Iris’ strategy worked — boy, did it work!! Today, everything that is printed digitally has come to be called a giclee print. However, since those first days, technology has progressed phenomenally. While much reproduction is still digital, every aspect has changed and improved, making those early “Iris giclee” prints seem fairly primitive. We value accuracy, and the correct description for the reproduction techniques Gaugy uses is not giclee. It is archival pigment print. Please contact us if you have any further questions.

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