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Art Hire Case Studies

Helen Flockhart

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Helen Flockhart

Helen Flockhart Fractured 2012  oil on board, 12” diameter Everyone loves a challenge, and to make a 6” wide, water gilded, 23.5ct burnished gold frame for a round painting was certainly that. However with the end result being a modern take on the old Flemish frames of the Rijksmueseum, the craftsmen at Art Hire Framing certainly more that met the challenge. Helen Flockhart Pot Bound 1999, oil on canvas 33” x 25” In framing this award winning painting with it’s subdued pallet it was felt that a strong dark, distressed, but warm frame would tie in with the figure’s hair....

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Archie Forrest

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Archie Forrest

Archie Forrest 17 July  2012 oil on canvas 28” x 28” It would be hard to find an artist who pays as much attention to his framing as Archie Forrest. You will often find him either reworking frame finishes to tie in with the canvas, or even painting with his canvas in the frame and on the easel in order to create a harmonious link between painting and frame. It is this attention to detail that helps make his finished works such a complete package. Archie Forrest Boat & Bike, Algarve 2013 Mixed Media 8” x 16” The space around the work provided by this pale ivory conservation...

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James Greer

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James Greer

James Greer Tree Pruning 2004 Wood engraving, 7” x 12” Black and white graphic images like this tend to work well in very simple black frames, and have been framed in this manner for centuries. There is nothing wrong with the old adage “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. James Greer – People’s Palace 2000 Watercolour, 18” x 16” – This soft cream, small Whistler-style frame, works by mimicking the double mount while containing the delicate watercolour’s ragged outline perfectly. James Greer – Autumn Trees 1983 Enamel on steel, 7” x 10” It’s not...

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Joseph Hargan

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Joseph Hargan

Joseph Hargan 2012 Oil on canvas, 15” x15” All framers love artists who include frames in their paintings as Joe often does. This distressed black and burnished 23.5ct gold number references various colours in the painting as well as echoing the gold line of the painted frame in the...

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E. A. Hornel

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E. A. Hornel

E A Hornel (1864 – 1933) oil on canvas 20” x 24” With important historical works the temptation is often to retain or restore the existing frame, but in many cases this is not always possible or desirable. Tastes have changed so much over the years and what was in vogue framing wise 100 years ago isn’t necessarily now. Here a compromise has successfully been reached with a contemporary frame that very much harks back to the frames from the same period as the...

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Peter Howson

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Peter Howson

Peter Howson St. John Ogilvie 2011 Oil on Canvas, frame size 14ft x 7ft In 2010 the Archdiocese of Glasgow approached Art Hire Framing to create a frame for a massive alter-piece they had commissioned from artist Peter Howson for the newly refurbished St. Andrews Cathedral. The piece consisted of 2 canvases, one 8ft x 6ft, the other a 5ft arch. As this was to be one of the main features of the cathedral it was decided that the frame should be 6 inches wide and fully gilded. It was unlike anything Art Hire Framing had ever undertaken before, but with a reputation for tackling jobs that...

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Japanese Art Print

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Japanese Art Print

Japanese Print  around 1850 – Triptych  Woodblock  print, 8” x10” each, Once again a very complex graphic image in a very simple frame. What is worth noting is if you have acquired work on paper-especially if it has been mounted- for the long term care and protection of the work it is always worth having a professional framer inspect the mount to check that it is an acid free mount board. Old or cheap mount boards can seriously damage artworks.  This frame also benefits from a sheet of UV low reflective glass. Natural daylight, over a period of time will cause prints and drawings...

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Paul Kennedy

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Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy The Rotunda 2009, Oil on canvas 12” x 12” Anyone who thinks that small paintings should have small frames need only look at this to see a chunky frame in no way dwarfing or overwhelming this 12” square oil. Indeed it helps give the framed painting the presence it...

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John Kingsley

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John Kingsley

John Kingsley PAI Night Garden 2013, Oil on canvas 30” x 38” With abstract paintings especially, where every inch of the canvas is vital to the composition, artists are often reluctant to lose any of the image at all. These ‘shadow’ or ‘tray’ frames are ideal as they allow the whole canvas to be seen, with the gap between the frame and canvas creating a dark shadow line round the...

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Simon Laurie

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Simon Laurie

Simon Laurie RGI RSW  No28  1990 Box Construction 36” x 26” The primary function of the picture frame has always been to provide protection for the artwork. This can range from protecting the work whilst in transit to and from exhibitions, to stopping pollutants such as dust or cigarette smoke staining the work. This frame does this in a simple unobtrusive way. Simon Laurie RGI RSW, Red Landscape2005, Acrylic on board 32” x 32” With such a strong and powerful work a similarly strong and powerful frame was required. As this was painted on mount board it really needed the...

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Whyn Lewis

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Whyn Lewis

Whyn Lewis The Sleeper 2013 Oil on board, 6”x8” With such a small painting the frame that was chosen had to be discreet in order not to detract from the work. However too small a frame could risk the work looking insignificant on a wall, so by using a 3” wide moulding, with a polished light grey bole a lovely translucent finish was created that solved the...

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Jock MacInnes

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Jock MacInnes

Jock MacInnes RGI – Untitled 2012 Oil on board  6” x 8” Sometimes when artists use a heavy texture through their paintings it’s interesting to carry a similar effect out into the frame. This is another good example of not being afraid to use a large chunky frame with a small...

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