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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