Popular choices when framing small artworks include very wide, grand frames or to choose a more minimalist, slender frame. The latter was chosen for these two contemporary portraits in oil by Alexander Young MA (RCA).
A deep profile with a thin facing edge, these float frames provide an unimposing border around the paintings. The chosen colour was a complementary but not competing grey.
The paint and wash finish subtly brings out the grain of the wood to add a little texture and interest.
Alexander Young MA (RCA) studied at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal College of Art. He is a realist, figurative artist who paints portraits and objects found in his domestic setting. He explores the idea of taking everyday objects and through painting them transform and elevate them to see them afresh. He mainly paints in egg tempera on a gesso ground.
He has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art and Dulwich Picture Gallery amongst others with work in private and public collections. You are welcome to contact us for further artist details.
One way to frame an expressive, textured oil painting is to contrast it with something clean, calm and simple. When we framed three epic oils by artist Tim Benson VPROI for his exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, we knew they would look great in a frame that is weighty yet subdued and unobtrusive.
Tim's signature style of framing for his oils is a square, wide-faced float frame, painted in a flat, neutral hue. The simple shape and neutral colour provide a solid, calm border that recedes, allowing the painting to be the rightful focus of attention, while the heaviness of the wide section gives the frame enough weight to be able to contain the expressiveness of the brush strokes.
For these frames we gessoed the moulding to bring an extra level of simplicity with a beautiful, smooth finish and invisible joins on the corners. The paint we used is made by The Little Greene Paint Company, the colour being one of Tim's preferred colours.
Floating is a way of framing that allows the viewer to see the entirety of the painting. It is the ideal way to frame a painting that has an impasto paint application providing a respectful distance between the frame and the artwork edge.
You can see the paintings we framed for Tim Benson exhibited in the Threadneedle Space at the Mall Galleries.
Tim Benson VPROI / Lachlan Goudie ROI - New Paintings
Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
23rd – 28th March 2015
Open daily from 23rd March 10am-5pm, 23rd & 24th March 10am -9pm
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