About Ellen Rice Prints
What is a Giclée?
Giclée (pronounced shee-clay) is a French word meaning "to spatter out," a term that refers to the way ink is applied to paper or canvas by a professional, large-format, high resolution (1440 dpi or higher), 8-color ink-jet printer. Correctly made giclée prints are the most beautiful and accurate art reproductions in the world. Using archival inks, papers and canvas, they are also among the most archival.
Ellen Rice's giclées have been carefully crafted with only the finest acid-free watercolor paper or canvas and photographic dye inks available. If properly framed under glass with acid-free materials (or mounted on canvas stretcher-bars), and kept out of direct sunlight -- important with all artworks -- these peerless fine-art reproductions will maintain their vibrancy for generations.
Ellen's giclées are personally hand-pulled by her under exacting scrutiny using the same equipment, archival papers, canvas and inks used by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and have an archival life up to 200 years. Her limited edition giclée are numbered, embossed with her seal of authenticity and signed over the emboss (see below). Note: Some small open stock prints and Ellen Rice Giclée Minis do not bear the seal, due to the seal's size in relation to the print.
When properly framed, Ellen Rice's giclées may be hung in bright rooms without worry of fading. It is with good faith that we offer these fine editions for you and your family to enjoy and pass on to future generations.
What is an Offset Lithograph?
Offset lithography was the standard for quality art reproduction for many years. The process involves multiple steps from original image to printed reproduction. These steps include photography, high resolution scanning, color separations, plate making and finally printing and inspection. Ellen Rice has used this process for large edition pieces for more than 20 years.
All Ellen Rice offset lithographs are created under her strict supervision and printed with the finest inks on museum quality 100% acid-free paper stock. Ellen stands over the presses during printing, working with her printers to adjust colors to recreate her original painting or drawing as closely as possible. After printing, Ellen personally inspects each print before releasing it.
Each limited edition reproduction is hand embossed by Ellen with her seal of authenticity, numbered and signed over her emboss. Note: Some small open stock prints do not bear the seal, due to the seal's size in relation to the print. UV protective glass is always recommended on offset lithographs.
Seal, Numbering and Signature
Each limited edition Ellen Rice giclée or offset lithograph is hand embossed in the lower margin with her seal of authenticity (shown here), unless requested otherwise.
Each limited edition Ellen Rice print is numbered on the left in pencil, embossed in the center, signed by Ellen Rice over the seal, and the name of the painting is inscribed in pencil on the right, unless otherwise specified.
For those who prefer a signature and numbering inside the image, Ellen will be happy to do so, either in pencil or gold or silver leaf pen. The vast majority of collectors who view Ellen's work in The Ellen Rice Gallery prefer to have the embossing, number, signature and name of the painting in the lower margin.
At the top of this page is an example of a framed giclée with suggested matting cut-out around the signature.
The Story of Ellen's Seal of Authenticity
Ellen's seal was created at the end of her work on the Treasure Beaches of the Mid-Atlantic map, an inspiration that came to her in prayer. She often wears around her neck a gold pendant she bought during a major turning point in her life. Facing almost insurmountable circumstances, the sculpted image in the pendant symbolized to her everything good. It shows a tree with large, strong limbs and plentiful roots beneath the ground, much like the tree in Psalm 1:1-3 and Revelation 22:2
"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." Psalm 1:1-3
"... on either side of the river, was there the tree of life ... and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."
It was Ellen's hope that her paintings would be as "leaves of the tree," bringing healing through their God-inspired messages. Originally the seal was to go only on her map, but as soon as the map was released, and her work became more and more well known, everyone requested the seal be put on their prints. And so it is.