Key West Art by Alisa Mealor
What is a giclee anyway? A giclee (pronounced "zhee-clays") can be used to reproduce many different types of art. Giclee is a French term meaning "to spray' referring to how an inkjet printer works and how giclee prints are usually produced.These large format inkjet printers use small spraying devices that can both match color and ink precisely,giving artists a high quality print of their original art.
Some Background on Woodcut Relief Printing
Woodcut relief printing is a printmaking technique that has been used for centuries to create images and texts. In this process, an artist carves an image or design into the surface of a block of wood, leaving the raised areas to be inked and printed. Here are some key points about the background of woodcut relief prints:
Woodcut printing has been used since ancient times in China, where it was used to produce decorative textiles. The technique was later adapted for printing texts and images. In Europe, woodcut printing became popular in the 15th century with the invention of movable type printing. It was used to print illustrations in books and was a popular medium for producing devotional images. Woodcut prints were used extensively in the Renaissance period in Europe, particularly in Germany, where artists such as Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach the Elder produced intricate and detailed prints. The Japanese woodcut technique, known as ukiyo-e, became popular in the 17th century. Ukiyo-e prints were known for their colorful and detailed images and were used to depict everyday life, landscapes, and historical scenes.
In the 20th century, woodcut prints became popular among artists in the Expressionist and Modernist movements. Artists such as Edvard Munch and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner used the medium to create bold and expressive images.
Today, woodcut relief printing continues to be used by artists around the world, both for fine art and commercial printing. The technique offers a unique aesthetic quality, with its characteristic lines and textures, and allows for a wide range of expression in the hands of skilled artists.