LIMITED EDITIONS: GICLEÉ
In the world of fine art, a limited edition print is a quality reproduction of an original work of art, published in finite or "Limited" quantity determined by the artist.
Aref paintings are reproduced in the form of Gicleé's.
Gicleé (pronounced "zhee-clay") means the "spray of ink" in French. The original painting is scanned and digitally stored in a computer. Although the process has a high-tech digital aspect
the skill of the craftsman defining and proofing color is of utmost importance in producing the final edition. The artist and printer collaborate in producing the right image. It is a painstaking step-by-step process and the
final approval and refinement of the edition is ultimately at the direction of the artist. Once ready to print, individual droplets of color are then spragyed under computer control onto a paper or canvas surface at the rate
of more than 4 million droplets per second. Gicleé reproductions have gained the admiration and respect of museums and galleries throughout the world. The Louvre museum in Paris uses Gicleé prints to substitute
original works of art too fragile to exhibit.
To further enhance the value and individuality of each Aref Gicleé print, each piece is hand embellished by the artist, re-signed, and then numbered in a limited edition.