& Studio 401 - the art of Mary Lou Arnold

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Giclee Prints
The Definition : Giclee (zhee-klay) - The French word "giclée" is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to squirt". 
The Process : Giclee prints are created typically using professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers. Among the manufacturers of these printers are vanguards such as Epson, MacDermid Colorspan, & Hewlett-Packard. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets. Giclee prints are sometimes referred to as Iris prints, which are 4-Color ink-jet prints from a printer pioneered in the late 1970s by Iris Graphics. 
The Quality : The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries. 
The Market : Numerous examples of giclee prints can be found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Chelsea Galleries. Recent auctions of giclee prints have fetched $10,800 for Annie Leibovitz, $9,600 for Chuck Close, and $22,800 for Wolfgang Tillmans (April 23/24 2004, Photographs, New York, Phillips de Pury & Company.) 


The paintings you see below are available as fine art giclee prints - contact me for more info!

Inkjet Prints

The prints below are an inexpensive way to add color to your walls, or as a quick and simple gift. These are inkjet prints, not the more expensive giclee print. They are printed on 8 1/2" x 11" quality paper, and can be matted to fit a standard 11" x 14" frame. I have a limited supply of these prints, and do not plan to make them available again in the future. Prints without mat are $15, and with mat, $20, including shipping.


Hold the Lettuce is also available as a fine art giclee print, by special order. I currently have one in stock, with archival mat to fit a standard 22" x 28" frame at $125. The original watercolor is 15" x 22", and hangs in my own kitchen. It is by far my most popular print - residing in many US states, and one made a trip Ireland!