Putting it all together

If the art is a stretched canvas, it might only need a frame but for prints, photos and other artwork there are thousands of options. The combinations of mats, filits, glass and frames can have a huge impact on the artwork. It's not only the type of frame you chose that has an effect but the use of colour, style, size, thickness or number of mats. Your choices can highlight certain colours in the art, brighten or darken the image simply by contrast, it can even make the art appear from a certain time period.


Reviving artwork

Nothing can escape the passing of time—not even art.

Sometimes the artwork only needs a little refreshing. A new brighter mat. Maybe a more modern, lighter frame. Or both. Perhaps replacing the glass with glare-free museum glass will finally make the art visible in your sun-filled room.

But sometimes the damage has gone a little further. Old prints are especially susceptible to light damage and "foxing"– the yellowing that appears from old acidic pulp mats. Replacing with acidic free mats, tightening the crop to cover the foxing can extend the print's life, along with sprucing up the artwork.

1) The original: 1950s framing and mats. Foxing (yellowing) has appeared on both the print and the grey mat, while the darker blue highlighting mat is turning green.  2) Detail of the mat yellowing.  3) Detail of the foxing with the new mat pulled away.  4) Showing how re-cropping can hide the foxing.  5) The old frame was also cleaned and touched up.  6) Along with a new mat and cleaning of the frame, the image was centered within the frame.

And of course, if you want to get into restoration, major repairs or cleaning of artwork, the Rebecca Gallery can direct you to local experts in their field.