Monday, April 16, 2007

Original Painting or Giclee Print on Canvas?

Swaying in the Quarter, available as print on canvas here

I just recently recieved this wonderful email from a would-be collector wanting to know exactly what is the difference between purchasing an original vs. a giclee on canvas. I thought this information might be valuable to you.

> Hi Angel,>> I’m really interested in several of your pieces. I’m not sure which way> to go between paintings vs prints on canvas (remarqued edition). Although> the description of the prints on canvas (remarqued edition) sounds like I> wouldn’t be disappointed, what would be some negatives compared to> original paintings?>> Happy Mardi Gras,> Martin
Hi Martin-Thanks so much for your email. I appreciate your interest in my art. Hereare the pro’s and con’s of prints on canvas vs. an original painting.

Obviously an original painting is considered an investment that shouldappreciate each year as an artist continues to mature and expand their artcareer. Originals are more “collectable” meaning they would be the bestreturn for your money if an artist were to be later discovered as one of thegreat masters of their time. ( Like Pollock, Van Gogh, Matisse or Picasso)Resale value of artwork is much higher if you own an original.
Now while Iam not going to say I am the next Picasso, my career has been advancing and my work is becoming more valuable, causing higher demand. Of course, this also means the prices for originals increases as my career expands each year. Getting in on earlier work means you may be able to get a better price than waiting over the course of time, thus allowing you to snag a true jewel that will be worth so much more as time goes on.

Prints on Canvas offer a wonderful option for the collector who isn’t aserious art investor/collector. My giclee prints on canvas are archival for100 years and are color corrected to be as vibrant as the original. We use avery reputable printer, who prints each giclee individually instead of “massproducing”. The prints are on stretcher bars, so the appearance is one that looks just like an original painting on canvas. Each print on canvas is sealed with a sealant to protect the giclee. Another added value of purchasing a print on canvas as while they look just like an original, the cost is much more affordable. This allows my collectors to be able to start a collection of my work, and purchase several of their favorites to quickly amass a grouping.
If you just love my art for the art’s sake, this is a great way to go. I personally can not distinguish between the original and a print on canvas from across the room.
Remarquing takes a giclee to the next level, by having the artist actually hand embellish the print by painting on it. This adds originality, makes the giclee more unique and also enhances collectibility by having the artist place their “dna” on the piece making it more desirable. A good remarque also adds emphasis to the highlights of thework, further blurring the line between an original and a giclee.

All in all, the decision basically boils down to the collector. Many of my collectors only prefer to purchase originals simply because they desire to have an original painting. Others enjoy collecting prints on canvas due to the affordability . The bottom line is it really just depends on what youwant, both are a great option.

If you need anymore help- please feel free to email me. I’d love to help youmake the process as easy as possible!

Take care,


Anonymous said...

Interesting article. I'm looking to buy a painting and I've never heard of giclee's before. So from what your article says its a print and not actual person who paints it. I've read on another art website that "When dry, he enhances the image by hand with brushstrokes that mirror the original texture. A final coat of protective varnish gives the last touch to the Art Work." Giclee print and from Wiki that this artworks really look beautiful.

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Unknown said...

Rather than engaging in activities like buying and searching for places where I can avail these paintings I would love to concentrate on doing things alone. The Photos to canvas is something to which I am focusing right now and I am optimistic that soon I am going to make my own canvas.

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Meredith Kuntzsch said...

My gripe with giclees is that so many customers pay WAY TOO MUCH for a giclee on canvas than what it's really worth. Why? Because they've been misled into thinking it's an original simply because it's on canvas. Read this as: the artist lies by omission. I've seen it happen a million times at art festivals. The customer goes on thinking it's an original oil painting and the artist happily takes their money while keeping tight-lipped about the truth. I feel so bad for these people!

I happen to not sell giclees, but tell my customers that there's nothing wrong with buying them as long as they are doing so because they like the image, not because it is an inherently valuable, original piece of art. I don't believe coming in and brushing a few brushstrokes on the canvas makes it any more valuable either. I think it's shtick and I heard a neighbor next to me at a show try to sell a print as an original, conveniently leaving out the part that 99% of it was a print. This guy was a dirtbag in my book! He also had quite the ego.

To me it's not a question so much of print vs. original. More so it is the question of ethical selling practices and appropriate pricing strategies. We as artists need to protect our customers by offering full disclosure of our processes. By doing so they will stay loyal to us as they mature as collectors and become more knowledgeable. Try to pull a fast one on them and they will eventually find out. So will your fellow artists! Hey, they may even blog about it. :-)

Thanks for the great discussion topic.

ScholarsForStudents said...

Hey Angel --

I'm curious, about how much time do artists spend embellishing a piece? I know that some can do a real quick embellishment (maybe only with pencil), whereas others will spend a full day decking out their giclee with acrylics.

Do you know roughly how it ranges?

Thank you!

Andy Hunt

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Unknown said...

It really is a great achievement for you, that your giclee prints on canvas are archival for100 years and is color corrected to be as vibrant as the original. the Giclee art print great strategy for making the arts. Artists and photographers use a variety of printing methods to reproduce their original works. Giclees and oil paintings are two popular choices for high quality art prints. Paintings, drawings and photographs can be reproduced in small or large editions.

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LBI Painter said...

I am an artist in NJ and have my work in a couple of galleries at the Jersey shore and one in Philadelphia. I'm known at the shore for my beach bikes on large canvases and I have just recently had 4 30 x 40 giclees on canvas made of my bike series. I'm stuck on how to price them. My originals (same size) run from $2200-$2400. I plan to make this series a limited edition of 10.

jade said...

wouldn’t be disappointed, what would be some negatives compared to> original paintings?>> Happy Mardi Gras,> Martin canvas printing

Unknown said...

I would love to buy giclee prints and put it on our room.

Juan Bautista said...

Best shit would be to not buy art at all, since art is not really necesary for civilizacion, at least not anymore, remove art and shit will be the same.. maybe less wimpy.. art wont stop bad shit just put money into lazy fucks pockets..

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