The Gongbi Technique
Oils & Mixed Media
Fine Art Prints
We offer high quality signed limited edition fine art prints on all my original paintings. They are reproduction Gicleé prints on German Etching paper.
Gicleé print is an inkjet printing process often used for fine art reproductions. Gicleé is a French word for spray which is exactly how the ink pigments are created on archival paper. The difference between a gicleé print and a digital print is that gicleé prints last for a long time. That’s why this printing process is widely used for fine art prints.
To qualify for a gicleé prints, it needs to meet the following four criteria:
1. Resolution - The original piece of art should be professionally scanned or photographed at 300 dpi or higher resolution.
2. Ink - The ink must be pigmented (not dye). There also needs to be 8 or more different colored pigmented inks used in the printer.
3. Paper - The paper must be 100% archival. With that said there are a wide variety of materials available for giclee printing (as long as it’s archival) such as: canvas, gloss paper, mat paper, velvet paper, watercolor textured paper, and specialty artisan paper.
4. Printer - The printer itself must be a wide format inkjet printer. (This is not your everyday household office printer).
We have chosen German Etching paper to reproduce my fine art. It’s a type of paper produced by Hahnemühle and is a patented traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper. It’s a perfect choice for the gicleé printing process and able to show the vibrancy of the inkjet colours on a velvety surface. Some of my reproductions look like the original art to an untrained eye. You can check the technical details of this paper on Hahnemühle’s website.