If you are considering displaying a piece of memorabilia we recommend our conservation framing options, such as with this piece with a large amount of sentimental value. A client brought in a special edition commemorative tea towel with a design of the 1969 Moon landing which needed re-stretching and framing.
With the image on the towel being bold and colourful, we decided framing it up close, without a mount, would be a particularly neat way to frame it. Wide frames could have been used but we found narrow frames also worked well.
The client chose one of our narrow ash frames which had a pinkish-grey paint & wash hand finish. We stretched the towel over an acid-free board and the frame was glazed with Anti-Reflective glass to give excellent clarity and to allow the brilliance of colour to be seen.
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.
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 thing about picture frames we love at Fine Artisan Conservation Framers is how every aspect of the frame matters. It is remarkable how the slightest alteration of a frame's design can make a big difference on the effect it has on a picture.
The type of wood of a frame moulding can alter a finish, also the different pattern and contrast of the grain can be more or less visible.
Each aspect of a frame's design works to make the frame what it is. By simply widening the frame slightly, one might think the effect would be negligible, but just a few millimetres can make a frame look and feel much weightier.
Shape is also an important feature. By using the same colours and same finish on two differently shaped frames, the results are two very different looking frames. The shape has a big effect on how the colour behaves: how the light catches on it, how the finish sits amongst the crevasses (or lack of them).
The combinations are endless which makes creating frame samples a lot of work. Creating new samples is something which requires experimentation as well as some careful consideration. Colours and finishes need to be tested; the successful ones need to be applied to the right frame.
We would like to draw your attention to the following newly created samples in the Fine Artisan Conservation Framers workshop which are now available and on our display boards. The profile used for these samples is an elegant reverse section moulding with a frieze.
Both of these samples are the same profile, both have a paint and wash hand finish, and both are painted using Farrow and Ball colours called Pigeon and String.
The only difference between these two samples is the colour of the wash used to finish them. Despite these samples having more in common than differences, the result is two quite different effects. While the bottom one has a subdued greyness to the hues, the top one is brighter and paler.
Although the differences might seem small, the effect they are have on an artwork can be quite visible. It can be the difference between a frame working well and a frame working exceptionally well. This is why it is important to try out as many combinations of frames and finishes as possible. You never know which combinations will be the winners. We will be continually expanding our range of hand finishes and work with our clients to explore new possibilities.
Visit our client space to view our carefully selected collection of framing samples including our hand finished and gilded range.
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