As an artist who sell giclee prints, I feel compelled to offer up some reminders on how to care for them. I am aware of people who just don’t know about the need to be careful on placement of their newly purchased art- so here ya go!
Lets start with giclee prints on canvas. Hopefully they have been sealed with a layer of UV protectant to help filter out harmful lighting, yet as good as that sounds, that’s still not enough. Please don’t hang them on a wall that has direct sunlight streaming in where it will scan across those art prints. UV protection or not, it’s gonna get ’em eventually, and please don’t put a wonderful spot light closely zoning in on those prints either! The spots can do the same damage as the sun. So where am I getting this information? I have a very dear friend who owns Frame -N-Art gallery in Corrales, New Mexico. They are beyond being knowledgable on their trade and can really give you the right info on art conservation. This is not an ad for these folks but most certainly an endorsement for all the “right” information they have passed on to me on all the framing we have done together over the years. They have even lectured to picture framers about this on a national level. Keep reading-
I was shown a giclee print on canvas done by a very well-known western artist that was brought into the Frame-N-Art shop by the owner, to show the shop what had happened to it. It was incredibly faded, like what happens if you put bright red cotton clothes in a hot wash and hot dryer and pull them out dark pink!! The sun had done it. The owners of the print got a replacement from the artist, yes he is still alive fortunately, but the owners got the print as a giclee on paper. Guess they weren’t brave enough to try it again on canvas. It’s where ya hang ’em on the wall folks!!
So this leads me into giclee prints on paper. You can use the same philosophy that I just wrote above on wall placement, and, yes, the sun and spot lights will also affect these. Giclees on paper can have a spray protective coating on them, and be put in a frame that has a uv protective glass or plexiglass layer over the top. That’s double the armor. Sounds like a lot of info, but a good framer will be able to set you up with the right frame works for this. Bottom line is the lighting.
With giclee prints, either on canvas, or paper, as with original paintings of any kind, take a look at how you’re hanging them, how close to them are those spot lights, etc? Your prints will last many generations, yes, with care, they can be passed down the family, over and over again!