WHAT IS A GICL'EE?
A Gicl'ee print is the highest quality print available today. The word Gicl'ee is a French word meaning 'to squirt'. The process is digital printmaking with a printer that uses minute droplets of archival ink to create prints that cannot be duplicated by other printing techniques. Because there is no visible dot screen pattern the resulting image has all of the subtle tonalities of the original art. Each dot may have over 4 billion possible colors! This produces exceptional museum quality prints.
In the past, we were limited to offset lithographs for reproductions. After many attempts and color tweaking we were able to produce a good quality reproduction. However this was a very taxing process because the vibrant and subtle hues used by Charles were almost impossible to reproduce . With this new technology the printer can acheive a true reproduction of an original in any size from 1" (for those with very small rooms) to 46", printed on the same archival watercolor paper Charles uses for his original painting. The new inks used in Giclee printing also have the same longevity as the watercolor paints.
This highest quality printing is made affordable for a collector, (Small Gause originals start at $1500.00 and large ones sell for up to $20,000.00.) because each limited edition print is printed on demand.
Among the many museums with Iris Gicl'ee prints in their collections are: The British Museum, The Metropolitan Museum New York, Los Angeles County Museum, Museum of Modern Art New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
DOES CHARLES GIVE LESSONS?
Sorry, but due to his active and busy schedule and many demands on his time, Charles has decided to use his free time to concentrate on his paintings and family.
WHAT IS CHARLES' FAVORITE MEDIUM?
Watercolor is his favorite, because of the challenge, with Acrylic and Oil in second and third place respectively.
WHY ARE SOME PRINTS PRICED SO MUCH HIGHER THAN OTHERS OF NEARLY THE SAME SIZE?
Consumer demand, popularity and scarcity of some "Sold Out Editions" have necessarily driven up the market price.