How to make giclée prints from fine art paintings
First off... what is a giclée print?
FYI, this definition is purposefully keep short and to the point. For a more lengthy description of this printing process see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giclée
Giclée is a relatively new process of reproducing fine art by archival, high quality inkjet printers. The process was discovered in the early 1990s and is pronounced "zhee-clay", but you'll find most printers pronounce it "g-clay".
Basically this process is a way to make prints of your fine art via inkjet inks on canvas or fine quality paper. The reproduction can be to size, smaller or even bigger than the original. Typically, prints are reproduced to size unless specially requested otherwise.
Are these prints good quality? How long do they last?
This process by definition is archival. That includes all inks, paper, canvas and non-yellowing varnish that protects the print over time. Depending on the painter or artist, and the process by which their art is made, or the mixing of their mediums, these prints can actually outlast the originals; just ask a buyer of an original Jackson Pollock. Giclée prints can be guaranteed to last — with no fading — for 20 to 30 years!
Are there giclée prints available for Dennis Ryan's contemporary fine art?
Normally no. Dennis typically doesn't make prints of his conceptual fine art. This art is not intended for collection by the masses. There was however a recent big opportunity in California (actually on Vh1/MTV) called The OCD Project where time constraints required Ryan to FTP digital scans of the artwork to a printer, because he could not send the originals. So yes, a rare few prints are available. The artwork from The OCD Project are in a very limited print run quantity of 25 each though, and 3 of the 5 that were on the actual walls of the house were aquired by some of the production team already. These paintings were professionally scanned by an excellent, local photographer that is familiar with this, next best thing to the original, printing process. Which paintings were on the show? You can tell which where scanned and printed to giclée prints by the thumbnail images below.
Limited run giclée prints were made for Vh1's The OCD Project in California.