statement about etchings and giclees, by Richard Stauffacher
In the world of
computer-generated images, there
is no clear line between what is original and what is a copy; a
has always existed with regard to the world of art in general. (Artists
frequently borrow from other artists, or from themselves, employ
assistants or students, use all kinds of technology, etc.)
important thing when
selling or purchasing art is clear and full disclosure on the part of
artist, as well as the buyer’s understanding of the terms
used in the
website contains both hand
colored etchings, which are considered “original
because I research and conceive
the image, design and create the plates by hand, print each piece by
individually inking, wiping, and printing the image from the plate to
of paper. (There are multiple images from one plate, so this would not
“original” as say a watercolor or oil-painting,
is only one
original produced directly by the artist.) So far, all of my etchings
have been printed by me. I print etchings for other artists, which is a
very common and accepted practice in printmaking. After printing the
the ones that have color) I personally, individually hand color each
painting it with watercolor. This takes a lot of time and work, which
reflected in the price.
The giclees (in my case) are
what I mostly think of as high-quality reproductions. I work with a
graphic artist to scan the
image from one of my etchings into a computer, edit it, and print it on
high quality printer. They are printed on 100% rag paper (which lasts
than other kinds) with inks that are resistant to fading. I
usually try to get them to look as close
as possible to the original, but I’m also open to a different
approach which is
using the computer as a creative tool and not just as a copy machine.
line with giclees: what you see is what you get!
How to tell the difference
- Look at the
sticker on the back. It will say either "Giclee", or "original Hand
Colored etching" (or "original Etching" or "monochrome Etching" for
etchings that are not hand colored).
- Lightly feel
the edge of the image with your fingertip. If there is a bump,
it’s an etching. The bump is created by the paper being
pressed down over the edge of the plate during the printing process.
- Look at the
price. I price my giclees a lot lower than the etchings.
I sign and title each of my giclees but don't
number them. This is my endorsement, indicating that the image content
by me, and that I think it is a good piece of work.