The Art of Framing

You’ve found your dream piece of art, you even know where to hang it, and now comes the framing part. The perfect frame will make the painting stand out for its beauty while the wrong frame will detract from it.

The art of framing is very important, both for the owner of the painting and for the artist himself. Salvador Dalí would even choose a frame before he started painting and consider it a form of inspiration. Which frame to choose, simple or ornate? Or even not to give a frame at all? These questions have divided society for centuries. Let’s take a closer look at the subject of framing.

Choosing the right frame

There are many aspects that you need to consider when choosing a frame. Style, colour and material are all important. What can guide you to choose the right one? Context and knowledge of the history of the art in question are certainly helpful. However, these days there seems to be no rules, and it is increasingly popular to frame contemporary art in Renaissance Italian or Spanish frames, as an example. At the end of the day, it’s all about what appeals to you and resonates with you.

The surroundings of the artworks

When choosing a frame, it’s important to think about the style of the interior your artwork will hang in. When choosing a frame, think about where the painting will go, and what story you want it to tell. “A Picasso in an antique gilt frame will stand out in a contemporary interior - it also makes the statement that a Picasso is now seen as an Old Master. Antique or reproduction frames can complement modern art as well,” advises Gregory of Arnold and Wiggins. “Much contemporary art can be framed very successfully in antique frames,” continues Larry Shar, co-owner of LOWY. “Particularly if the art is expressive in nature and not minimal and passive. Abstract Expressionists look very much at home in a proper 17th- or 18th-century Spanish or Italian frame - the dialogue the frame can have with the art makes for an engaging viewing experience, and a powerful statement.”

Protection above all

These days, it is becoming more and more important to protect the image itself. As time goes on, techniques are being developed to help us better treat materials and technologies. Artworks can be harmed by many elements; these include excessive humidity, sunlight and heat – even heat from radiators. So you need to take this information into account and use special glazes when framing to protect your artwork.

Always ask the professionals

When it comes to framing fine art, it is very important to do it properly with a professional help. A good framer will spend time getting to know your work of art and your tastes. It is essential to consult with someone who has several years of experience with framing and is able to advise you thoroughly. You can also try to ask the artist himself to see how he perceives the framing of the work.