WHAT IS A GICLEE?
Pronouced "Zhee-Clay," with a Z sound, Giclée is an elegant, state-of-the-art method of fine art reproduction resulting from the marriage of art and modern technology. Giclée canvases faithfully reflect the vibrant color, rich detail and texture of the original oil painting. “Giclée,” is a French printmaker’s term for “fine spray,” adopted to distinguish the technique from ordinary offset printing. Banovich giclées are offered in limited and artist proof editions.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LIMITED EDITION AND AN ARTIST PROOF?
When fine art reproduction became practical and viable through technological advancements in printmaking, many artists found that they could extend their market reach and make their art available to the masses by making inexpensive prints (inexpensive relative to the price of the original artwork). In an effort to manage the supply and demand chain, it was necessary to restrict the total number of prints made of any particular piece of art…..and so the Limited Edition market was born.
Traditionally, the artist was very involved in the printmaking process. As the first “proofs” were either pulled or printed, the artist would work out the color and quality issues as they came out of the press. After several corrections, the artist may have set aside a number of “artist proofs” that would not be included in the regular limited edition print run, but were of high quality. As the limited edition print market took hold and supply and demand began dictating prices, the artists discovered that there may be a market for the very limited number of artist proofs. Clients could obtain a very limited, nearly perfect special print directly from the artist, setting themselves apart from the normal print buyer.
Over time, the artist proof became a standard in printing of a limited edition. Also known as A/P Prints, they are outside the regular edition and are equal in quality to the edition and signed as Artist Proof or A/P by the artist. They were traditionally the property of the artist and usually limited to 10-15% of the edition as well as being priced slightly higher due to the restricted supply. In today’s print market, the A/P edition prints are normally sold along side the regular edition prints at a slight premium.
What is important to note is that the Artist Proof prints of today are of the exact quality, type, media etc as the limited edition (unless of course the artist declares otherwise). The only difference between them is the restricted quantity of prints bearing the A/P designation. Some art collectors insist on buying only A/Ps because they feel that they will hold their value or perhaps increase in value over that of the limited edition. Whether this is accurate or not, depends entirely on the current market and the demand for the collection.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN, THE STUDIO, GALLERY AND ZAWADI EDITIONS?
The short anser is, size. We do our best to provide our collectors with options that perfectly align with both their budget and the size requirements of the space they are decorating. As such, we offer three distinct sizes; studio, gallery and zawadi.
Studio Editions are the largest of the available giclees. Offering a show stopping, high drama impact in even the largest of spaces. Only paintings hand selected by Banovich ever become giclees in the Studio Edition size making them highly collectable and truly, the best of the best.
The most common size, Gallery Editions come in a variety of mid-range dimensions; a perfect fit for most walls. Gallery Editions can be hung as a single artwork but are also interesting when mixed to create a grouping on the same wall.
The word Zawadi means "precious gift," in Swahili. The smallest of the giclees, Zawadi's are the perfect solution to create a big impact in a small space. For a larger statement on one wall more than one Zawadi can be displayed together to create a curated grouping.
We believe that every artwork demands a correspondingly unique frame. Once matched, this complementary pairing elevates the visual experience beyond the initial beauty of the canvas. Each frame is designed with superior craftsmanship and attention to detail and all are made in the USA. Banovich Art is personally dedicated to working with you, your designer or architect to create a distinctive look for your home, gallery or office. We take great pride in fining the perfect frame for every possible application and through our custom framing we strive to exceed our clients expectations.