The paintings of Roberto Pagliarulo, although modern, have a distinct classical element making them congruent with traditional frame shapes. His most recent work takes inspiration from Italian landscape and culture, often including a mythical quality, drawing the viewer into a captivating perceptual experience.
The frames we made for Roberto's paintings reflect his union of contemporary and classical: the designs chosen are traditional yet simple; modern yet including shapes found on older styles of framing.
His confident use of colour means frames with a painted finish are a fitting choice. The designs chosen allow for the creation of clear, bold areas of colour to successfully frame the image.
For this oil of Hercules we enhanced the richness of royal blue with the addition of gilding along the inner section, whilst keeping the frieze a flat off white.
You can view more art by Roberto Pagliarulo and information on his website.
Also with Highgate Contemporary Art and Lena Boyle Fine Art.
When framing abstract expressionist work, like this painting on paper dated 1959 by William Gear RA which we framed to conservation level for Arthistorical Ltd, gold can be a winning and arresting choice.
With energetic and expressive art, a bold frame is often required. The water gilding on this frame complements the warm yellows and reds in the artwork while the curved astragal shape enhances the sweeping gestures used to create the piece. The shade of gold in gilding can be the difference between a warm 24ct gold and a cooler 22ct moon gold. In this instance a bright 23.5ct gold leaf was used to match the artwork.
The black outer edge adds a gentle weight, creating a union with the powerful black gestural shapes in the painting.
Another thing to consider when framing energetic art pieces is the complexity of the frame design. A uniform finish on a simple shaped frame can provide a calm counterbalance which successfully frames the artwork without being too busy or fussy. (See also the flat, neutral float frames we made for Tim Benson).
For interest about the William Gear RA painting contact Arthistorical:-
Arthistorical Ltd. is a fine art dealership specialising in European sculpture but also dealing in an eclectic range of other art, including Old Master and Modern British paintings, antique textiles and Asian works of art. The company is a member of the LAPADA art & antiques trade association and is based in Central London. www.arthistorical.com
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