I visited the Tate Britain a few weeks ago to look at some 20th century artists works and the frames they chose.
This Bridget Riley oil on canvas from 1964 uses perhaps the most simple of frames, a narrow faced, perhaps 10mm wide, inlay frame. The canvas is inlaid from the front of the frame before being secured from behind leaving a narrow gap between the canvas and the frame. They are also know as box frames or floater frames as they give the impression that the artwork is ‘floating’ and not in contact with the frame. This frame is almost identical to one of the inlay frame mouldings I sell and they suit contemporary art, particularly abstract works, very well.
Inlay frames drying after their first coat of gesso.
This is a frame we recently provided for a local collector. The frame graces a 19th century Dutch oil painting.
A customer bought in a seascape for framing the other day. Perhaps not surprisingly the image is predominantly blue and the customer wanted a frame in keeping with the image.
We settled on a blue, waxed and slightly distressed, hand finish.
The moulding chosen was a 30mm wide profile with a simple beading on the outside edge and a chamfered sight edge.
I painted the finished frame blue and carried out a bit of work that adds a simple battered and distressed finish. Finishing off with a light application of dark wax which was rubbed and polished to give a finish reminiscent of a frame that has a few years behind it.
A simple but effective hand finished frame which works well with the subject.