They're a curse!  I seem to spend more time, hot air and nervous energy on *bleep bleep* frames than on painting.

No-one seems to agree.  I get as many opinions as the number of people I ask. 

It usually ends up costing me a lot with still no nearer being 'right'.  I prefer to frame my own paintings (especially as they're often odd sizes) for small outlay and keep prices down but galleries don't like anything they see as not 'well presented'.  Fair enough but try getting them to agree on what that is. And of course it is all confused by WHERE the painting is going: modern minimal house, Victorian drawing room, kitchen, study, commercial gallery etc - the list, given that no two rooms are ever alike, is endless.

I feel this need to hang a frame with nothing in it, thus promoting the opinion that frame is more important than what it contains.  Maybe something Mr Saatchi would take to?  I can see it now.

- 21 February 2011 at 01:51pm

I have taken the view recently that to frame something cheaply but suited to the image is best. It means that buyers are paying for the work and can afford to upgrade the frame if they find it unsuitable.
I don't like galleries where the framing has become a work of art in itself, its too glossy. I think it puts the work in the frame into the realm of plastic. When the frame and the work become too polished, they look too manufactured, almost as though their creator has sold their soul to the dealer/gallery.
What a problem a frame is!
- 21 February 2011 at 01:52pm

You're right, unfortunately galleries see it differently. Most as part of the PRESENTATION of the work - packaging. Without that, they argue, the work will remain unnoticed, much as Chanel No.5 would if it was in a brown cardboard box. Just one more problem artists have to deal with. I'd hope quality of work would shine through whatever the frame. In fact I tend to the opposite (contrary) opinion: the more tatty and individual and interesting the frame the better. It's just getting galleries to see it that way!
Only one of Vincent's hand-painted frames survives; what would dealers give now for another?
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