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Muriel Barclay

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Muriel Barclay

Muriel Barclay Fringe Following, 2013 Oil on canvas 30” x 40” By using a large, fluted frame that is heavily textured and toned with paint washes it is possible for the frame to mimic the artist’s mark making and brushwork, allowing the frame and canvas to become one. Helping create this harmony is the burnished 23.5ct gold leaf which complements the browns of the piano....

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Sue Biazotti

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Sue Biazotti

Sue Biazotti   Untitled 2013 Oil on canvas, 48” x 60” Sometimes all you really want to do with a large canvas if put a very thin line around it. This tray frame, water gilded in 13.5ct white gold on a green bole ties in perfectly with this atmospheric view of the Clyde, allowing the full canvas to be seen, while emphasizing the openness and space that the artist captures in the...

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Judith Bridgland

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Judith Bridgland

Judith Bridgland Montbretia by Stormy Sea 2013 Oil on canvas, 10” x10” Here we have a 3” wide, mini Whistler style frame, water gilded in 13.5ct white gold leaf. The smooth polished gold leaf has been cut back to give the frame a more distressed feel that works well with the lively, thick, impasto brushwork, while still retaining the attractive opulence that only a hand gilded frame can...

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Colin Brown

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Colin Brown

Colin Brown The Mighty Magyars, 2008 Mixed media, 24” x 24” With so much happening in this painting it was essential to have something very simple around it and leave all the edges visible. This polished gesso frame does the job nicely, especially in the corners where the many layers of gesso completely cover any sign of a miter....

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Rodderick Buchanan

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Rodderick Buchanan

Rodderick Buchanan  Black Skull Bandsman 2011 Photograph, 20” x 24”  Parkhead Republican Flute Bandsman 2011 Photograph, 16” x 20” When putting together a solo exhibition artists often like to have a certain amount of continuity running through their framing. This allows their work to be viewed as a unit, easy to read and without distraction. For Rodderick Buchanan’s Legacy exhibition in the Imperial War Museum, London, this concept was followed with a thin painted wooden frame being used to help the viewer focus on these powerful...

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John Byrne MBE RGI Self Portrait 2011 Ink and watercolour, 8” x 12” In this almost monochromatic painting where the artist is obviously looking at his own mortality, the challenge was to continue this mood through into the frame. By using a textured black gesso, distressed to match the painting’s tones, water gilded 13.5ct white gold leaf was laid on a green bole along the frame’s pencil lines, to echo the work’s dark ghostly feel in the frame. John Byrne MBE RSA   Feegie Revisited 2010 Oil on board, 20” x 22” The soft grey tones of the frame’s texture, gesso and the...

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Victoria Cassidy

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Victoria Cassidy

Victoria Cassidy Egyptian Diary 1992 Watercolour 60” x 52 Collaboration between artist and frame maker are vital at the best of times. When an artist’s idea consists of 19 different shaped frames held in one huge hexagonal frame to match an ancient Islamic pattern it is essential. Understandably the frames had to be made first and the watercolours painted to fit. Given that the artist is the framer’s wife you could say that this frame was a true ‘labour of love’. Victoria Cassidy Marriage of Opposites Oil on canvas board 12” x 36” 22ct moon gold leaf has a lovely seductive...

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Michael Clarke

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Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke PAI Lazy Summer Day Oil on linen, 32” x 32” The warm yellow tones of summer that radiate through this oil lend themselves rather well to this gessoed frame, which painted a light cream benefits from a warm dark wax applied on top. This not only tints the frame to match the painting but also highlights the seductive imperfections of the gesso to create a beautifully distressed...

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Ken Currie

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Ken Currie

Ken Currie Anathema 1997 Oil and photographic silkscreen print on canvas 31” x40” In a painting as ghostly, dark and harrowing as this, a 4” wide shadow moulding was used to make the canvas appear to float in the frame.  The gesso was polished to a very smooth finish and layers of dove grey bole applied to create a seductive, translucent, marble like effect, which adds to the painting’s ghostly feel. Despite being in contrast to the darkness of the canvas the frame successfully focuses the attention on the...

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Joe Davie

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Joe Davie

  Joe Davie The Spirit of Adventure 1989, Acrylic on Card 36” x 48” The graphic nature of this painting lends itself towards a very simple, boxy frame. The soft, curved surface juxtaposes the diagonal lines in the image and the dark brown stain blends with the lower part of the painting to accentuate the central image of the face. It’s a simple framing solution that works well. Joe Davie Untitled 1990 Acrylic on card 36” x48” Serendipity! This is a great example of a frame going totally wrong but working out fantastically well. The 13.5ct white gold leaf instantly tarnished...

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David Eustace

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David Eustace

  From Highland Hearts Series 2013  Photograph 30” x 40” Internationally renowned photographer David Eustace produced a suite of 40 large scale images of Scotland for an exhibition that opened in Manhattan during Tartan Week. The simple, thin, oak frame with a 12mm fillet, appropriately stained a Jacobean Brown was not only neutral enough to work with 40 diverse images, but being oak, tough enough to cross the Atlantic...

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Linda Farquharson

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Linda Farquharson

Linda Farquharson Lino Birds   2010 Linocut, 6” x 48” Artist’s books are lovely objects, but in order to be appreciated they have to be handled and every time you open them more wear and tear is inflicted, however slight. By floating this concertinaed book in a deep box frame and accentuating the folds, the book can still be seen as the object it is intended to be whilst it is protected under...

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