In the frame

Taking the time to frame your artwork will create a focus for the piece, displaying it to the best effect in your home.

Framing will also seal the artwork, preserving it from most environmental pollutants that can harm fine art.

Gary Hollins from Picture This Studios in Camana Bay is one of Cayman’s leading framers, and he says that the most commonly framed medium is fine art paper. This is often mass produced by artists and included in a numbered collection of pieces. 

Oil paintings are not nearly as popular for framing today, at least here in Cayman. Instead canvas prints are popular items and they can be printed in a large format and then stretched. 

“They are very versatile and can be customized to suit anyone’s needs, and from a designer’s standpoint, they offer unparalleled design potential,” says Gary. “In addition, some of the newer mediums that are framed are acrylics and metal prints.”

Gary says he has also worked on quite a few “shadow boxes.” which are deep frames that can hold a sports jersey, for example, or different types of memorabilia.  Floating frames are very popular, as is torn canvas, triptych imagery, collages and dry-mounted images displayed with stand-outs.

The framing process is straightforward, usually beginning with an initial consultation with or without the artwork present. 

During the discussion, the framer will talk about what is being framed, how the item is to be framed and what size the finished piece should be, as well as which colors and textures can be used and how the art will be displayed.

When deciding on the frame and mat (border) for your artwork, you will be spoilt for choice, with literally thousands of combinations to choose from.

Artist David Bridgeman has overseen the framing of his own and client’s artwork and he has a clear view on his own preferences.

“I like simplicity when it comes to framing and I also like a wide matting of around five inches to give the artwork space,” he says.

Gary suggests experimenting by mixing and matching colors and styles to create frame designs that will help you accentuate the best attributes in any piece of art.

You should also bear in mind that the material from which the artwork is made plays an important role in how it will be framed. For example, a canvas is generally framed quite differently than a print on paper, even if the print is of the same image.

Customizing your artwork to suit your own taste is a great way to add expression into your home, interest to your space and helps to put your personal stamp on your walls.