“It doesn’t necessarily follow that every picture should have a frame of course, yet if it does then for me it should be keenly considered. I’m often drawn to a frame in a gallery. And that’s a bad sign. If the frame has won your eye over the picture itself, what does that say about the artwork? A good soundtrack should compliment a film not overbear it – a good frame should do the same.
“The frame is an important part of my work so I hand make and frame every one of my original artworks. In the main I prefer a simple white box frame with the work centred and float mounted. I will occasionally colour the frame if I feel the image inside it will be enhanced – maybe a cool grey or off-white. I’m also not a fan of glass over a picture. My works tend to be heavy with textures and effects and reflections can distort and hide key elements that make an image the way it is.
“A box frame also gives me the opportunity to label the work along the right hand side edge of the frame rather than rely on a dominant signature on the canvas itself.”
GILES WARD May 2018