By definition a "giclée" (pronounced "gee-clay" or "zhee-clay") is a French term meaning "spraying of ink".
Giclées are produced directly from a digital file, (which can be remotely uploaded,) saving generations of detail-robbing negatives and printing plates used with traditional litho printing. Iris Printers spray microscopic drops of color on to a fine art paper or canvas. Displaying the full color spectrum, these artworks have vibrant, brilliant colors and a velvety texture. This gives the finished product the look and texture of an original painting.
Traditionally, artists have turned to lithography when creating reproductions of their work. They’ve recreated their images in a number of images. In the past few years, the word "giclée", as a fine art term, has come to be associated with prints using fade-resistant "archival" inks (including solvent inks) and the inkjet printers that use them. Giclées evolved into the new darlings of the art world. They are coveted by collectors for their fidelity and quality, and desired by galleries and artists alike because they don't have to be produced in huge quantities with their large layout of capital and storage.
Seldom do you see an artist who creates actual vivid reproductions of their work on canvas. That was because prior to the last decade, most methods for fine art reproduction left artists with images that were substandard and undesirable. With the introduction of giclée canvas art, that is beginning to change. Artists now have a medium to produce hundreds of reproductions of their work on. These reproductions are not only vividly accurate, but they’re also created on the same type of canvas that the original was painted on. This gives these reproductions an authentic gallery-like appearance and feel which is something that had previously been unachievable in the field of art.
Giclée on Canvas prints are meant to be stretched on canvas stretcher-bars (a service offered by most good framers) and framed with frame only (no glass or mattboards) - just like original oil paintings. This system is so precise that each and every copy printed will look exactly like the original, if not better.