Deciding to Frame a Painting or Not

An important aspect in the decision of buying a painting concerns whether to frame a painting or not. For Abstract paintings, especially large paintings, the trend towards unframed work grows, even in art galleries and museums. At your home it is a personal choice, and to address this for my art, this posting addresses.

“Dance #1″, 20″ x 20”, Acrylic and ink on canvas, Thom Wright, 2020

Shown above is one of my latest paintings from a new series entitled “Dance #1”, a small work and shown as usual without a frame. Because it is light valued overall, it stands out well without a frame, especially if presented on a toned color wall. In comparison with my present works shown on my website, it has my abstract expressionist elements, where the figures interact with each other and with the “stage” space of the performance. The figures are both dancing and floating, with personal body gestures.

Thom Wright with his framed painting mounted on a light blue wall

Shown here is the same painting, this time with one of my handmade wooden frames with an Early American brown colored stain. I make my own frames and sell most of them this way, because the simplicity and modernity of this frame and its color reinforce the square format and bring out the color and light of the painting. Not all of my paintings are this light, but I tend to favor warm toned paintings and they work well with the wood frame. The frame itself is as light as the canvas with its wooden stretcher bars. And because I make the frame, there is no after purchase investment in a frame required. For most of my art shown here, I include the frame and the shipping in the stated price.

If you have any further questions about this matter, any other questions about purchasing one of my works, use my “Contact the Artist” page and include your email address. Thom

Published by Thom Wright Art

Thom Wright has combined his passions for art, music and engineering, and all of his practices have benefited each other. In 1986, he had an epiphany, one of those moments when he realized that he had to be a better artist. His subject matter moved toward contemporary issues, including geopolitics, global environment, technology, cultural and natural processes of change, and jazz. His abstracts also migrated towards mixed media and printmaking. These interests and processes continue in his art work. Desiring to improve his skills, theory and knowledge in art, he took early retirement from the Boeing Corp. in 1999 and entered art school full time. In May, 2006, he completed the MFA program in Drawing and Painting at California State University, Long Beach.

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