Giclee or original art, what's the difference?
The decision to buy a giclee over an original artwork is a sound decision if:
- you know an original work is outside of your budget.
- you are buying the work to enjoy in your lifetime and not as an heirloom.
The archival inks used in giclees, both on paper and on canvas, last from 100-200 years (that's a long time). This is plenty of time to enjoy the rich colors, but the collectible value will decrease as a reproduction ages. Original art retains its value for posterity and has the possibility of increasing in value.
Works that I giclee will never be reproduced at the same size as the original painting or drawing.
By request, I will add signature brushwork in clear acrylic on canvas giclees sized 16x20 and over. I follow my original brushwork and it gives the print "real brush" texture.