Chief JosephGiclée on Canvas by Michele Zarb
About this Artwork
Giclée + Other Art Terms
Giclée: From the French verb gicler, meaning, “to spray.” It is pronounced “zhee-clay”. The giclée process uses an incredibly accurate computer-controlled jet to apply ink to watercolor paper, canvas or etching paper. These unique jets are able to vary the width of the ink stream to as small as 1/100th the width of human hair. Giclées have a higher resolution than offset lithographs and the dynamic color range is greater than serigraph. Giclée reproductions are used to produce museum quality, fine art reproductions. In the art world it is generally regarded as the highest quality reproduction available.
In addition, Zarb particularly enjoys observing and painting the antics and beauty of the birds around her home, especially the members of the Corvid family (ravens, crows, jays, etc.). She finds they reflect many of the same attributes as our human families, and their social interaction gives her countless hours of entertainment.
Beyond technical ability, Michele feels an artist’s biggest challenge is to evoke emotion. To capture a fleeting moment or mood, involving the viewer in more than a photographic translation. Her experimentation with various techniques and media keeps the work fresh and exciting, as well as allowing her to constantly grow as an artist.
Michele’s work has been accepted in international competitions in Canada and the United States. She has been elected membership in various art organizations throughout North America. She was the only artist in Canada accepted to the Cowboy Artists of America Workshop in Bozeman, Montana. Michele was also selected to design the 2004 Stampede Western Art Show collector pin. In 2007, Zarb had the distinction and honor of being named the Feature Artist for the Calgary Stampede and Exhibition.
Michele’s work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, the Middle East and Japan. Some of Michele’s collectors include Hyatt Hotels Calgary; ABC News, Washington, D.C.;Nova Corporation; Virgin Records, NY, NY; and Lenny Kravitz, Musician.