If you ask most artists, framing poses a dilemma for them and it can definitely be the least favorite part of making 2D artwork. Statistically, framed works tend to be more attractive to galleries and potential buyers. However a client may request that a frame be be removed or changed before purchase because it doesn’t please them, which means a wasted expense for the artist. Over the past few years I’ve noticed that more and more painters are working on gallery wrapped canvas, thereby avoiding the whole framing “problem”…at least at the studio level. But does this best serve the art buyer?
After 10 years of (mis)adventure framing works myself prior to placing them for sale, I came to the conclusion that it was better to sell my work unframed. However, just like the artist who opts to only paint on gallery wrap canvas and sell a painting with no frame, the question remains: is this in the best interest of the art buyer? I had to admit that it was not in every case, so I sought out a better solution.
I decided to partner with a local frame shop that meets my requirements (solid reputation, quality framing stock, affordable national shipping, etc.,). Finding a partner who checked all my boxes on quality and shipping turned out to be quite a challenge. Happily, this new partnership allows me to provide buyers of my original artworks and giclée prints the option of attractive, classic frames right through www.scversillee.com.
For those who prefer to frame their artwork after it arrives to them, I still offer the option to purchase works unframed, mailed in a heavy-duty shipping tube. This is still the default shipping method for international buyers (please take note) because it’s the most secure method of sending a painting to you. However, if an international buyer insists that a work ship framed (at additional cost) arrangements can be made, just send me an email prior to making your purchase.
Here’s what to expect with the new framing options:
All frames are custom built-to-order in the United States. If selecting framing for a giclée print, artwork ships with a 2 inch, 4-ply beveled edge acid-free white mat and uv-resistant plexiglass glazing. If framing an original oil painting, artwork is framed absent of a mat or glazing and all paintings are finished with uv-resistant satin varnish. For original artwork and giclée prints you have four choices in frames: matte black, matte white, natural walnut and antique-style gold. All framed works are finished with acid-free foam core backing, protective paper and come equipped with wall bumps and hanging wire.
Tell me what you think of your framed artwork when it arrives to you. As always, I appreciate your thoughtful feedback!