Framed art as the name suggests is art that has been
framed. The most obvious question is – What is the point of
framing art? , and the most obvious answer seems to be, So
that it can be displayed. True, but there’s more to it. A
picture frame, besides making a piece of art easier to hang
greatly enhances its look and feel and also allows you to
protect what you’ve strived to achieve as a material
expression of your vision.
It is very important to choose a suitable frame in order
that it gives an additional charm to an already charming
piece of work. Conventionally, frames were wooden
rectangles, but today we have carved and polished wood
frames and also a variety of textures and tones o choose
from. Metal and fiber are other materials employed
innovatively in this industry.
Coming back to protection, some people laminate their
paintings while others prefer to use glass panes and still
others choose to leave them unprotected (it is a subjective
need to the media used and environment the work is placed
in). Just like frames, the glass also has types. For example
U.V. filter coated glass or ‘den glass’ – a highly priced
variety which does not reflect light and is hence invisible.
Some simple pointers which are a great help if kept in
mind while framing are as follows - The picture appears
smaller if surrounded by a dark coloured frame and larger
when the frame is a lighter shade. For pastel and charcoal
work it is important that the picture is well adhered to the
backing and does not touch the glass, if any. The use of
glass at a slight distance from the picture is advisable for
works with pastel as their medium because they are very
prone to sticking dust particles and smudging on contact
with the glass. Leaving a tiny gap at the lower end of the
frame so that dust can settle in the matt is also a good
One must double check and make sure that the cord used
for hanging the frames in reliable and can take the weight
of the painting (or other art form). Other factors to be
taken into consideration when choosing a frame are - where
you would like to display the framed art and whether or not
it is to be displayed at one exclusive location, and would
you like to re-use the frame?
‘L’, ‘F’, clip, box and shadow box frames are some
styles of frames among others. A buyer doubtlessly pays more
for framed art than he would for that without the surround.
The elevation in price predictably ranges in accordance with
the value of framing material and the presence of detail
such as texture or carving on it.