artist proof

Clair’s paintings are available in these different options:

The Original

Every original is painted in oil with the highest quality oil paints. The inspiration and chronology of creation are forever captured in these rare masterpieces. There is only one. Need we say more…

Canvas Giclée

Our canvas giclees are printed on textured canvas to give the look and feel of the original and are the same size as the original painting. By printing on canvas, the colors achieved are bright and vivid, mirroring the intensity of Clair’s originals. Our canvas giclees are stretched on heavy duty stretcher bars and are museum wrapped, adding a three dimensional studio feel and creating the option to hang them unframed for a more contemporary look. Each one is signed on the front and signed and numbered on the back.

Artist Proof Enhanced Giclée

Take a canvas giclée, hand highlight it, make it one of a kind, and you’ll have an Artist Enhanced Giclée. Our Artist Enhanced Giclées are custom ordered and painted specially for you. Clair hand embellishes each one of these original creations with paint, adding brushstrokes and texture. The paint really brings the giclée to life, adding bright, vivid color – there is nothing like it. Our Artist Enhanced Giclées are the next best thing to our originals (at less than half the cost). Keeping within Clair’s commitment to her art, she has set the edition size very low.

What is a Giclée?

Gicée prints are in the finest tradition of European printmaking in that the prints are made individually, on a one-by-one basis, rather than the mass production method of photo mechanical offset-lithography used for most reproductive prints today. Giclée printing allows the artist to establish a smaller edition of prints. Each individual print can be created one-at-a-time as they are aquired by collectors, up to the number established as the total edition size.

With the advent of Giclée (zhee-clay) the art of fine art printing has become even more precise. Because no plates or screens are used, the prints have a higher apparent resolution than lithographs and the dynamic color range is greater than even serigraphy.

In the Giclée process, a fine stream of ink – more than 4 million droplets per second – is sprayed onto archival paper or canvas. Each droplet is four times smaller than a human hair. This produces a combination of over 3 million possible colors created by highly-saturated, nontoxic water-based ink. In displaying such a full color spectrum, the prints are lush and velvety with the feel and tonality of a fine oil painting or the luminosity of a watercolor.

The finished Giclée print is protected by applying an extra strength UV coating to insure museum quality standards for the collector. The limited edition is hand signed and numbered by the artist on the front of the piece. Each Giclée print is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity.
Giclée prints have gained worldwide acceptance in the art community. For example, the Louvre in Paris uses the process for the reproduction and display of works which cannot be allowed out of the museum cellars, and would otherwise never be shown to the public.