Abstract Framing

After many complex specialty orders, framing an oversize original piece of art can look deceptively simple. Artist Ian Schmidt ( created this stunning piece for our clients who smartly framed it with a preservation savvy, classic appeal.

The paper had some wear and micro-tears, with a lot of bubbling from the density of brushstrokes. It required careful handling and special mounting to flatten it out. We decided the piece didn't need the extra design element of a mat to extend or formalize it, but instead maintained the free flowing form of the original art.

We used acrylic on the piece in lieu of glass for safety reasons (acrylic is much lighter than glass on the wall and won't shatter if it falls). Also, acrylic can sit directly on top of the paint medium without harming it in most cases.

Completed with a simple matte black frame, this piece will make an eye-catching statement in any home. Gorgeous, no?

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Making Life Murray

This time Foursided is framing a larger-than-life painting of Bill Murray in acrylics and charcoal on canvas. For those Bill Murray lovers and otherwise, this piece will make you do a double take!

Love it as much as we do? This piece is by Harriette Thomas and her website has other original, large scale paintings available including one drool-worthy portrait of Frida Kahlo.

A canvas piece like this could definitely be stretched, but this painting had interesting organic edges that the customer opted to show by floating it on top of a white mat instead.

Foursided kept true to the artist's aesthetic with the float technique and a monochrome frame and mat. The white frame has a shiny, lacquer finish that gives it a little something extra plus modern flair.

Another oversize piece checked off our list!

All That Glitters...

How stunning is this custom-made canvas? The image was printed and sent off to a professional to be beaded by hand with Swarovski crystals and glass beads. After the piece was finished, it was brought in to Foursided on Broadway for custom framing.

The first step was to stretch the canvas in the traditional manner over stretcher bars which required particular dexterity considering all the tiny beads and threads that cannot be caught or disturbed.

 Check out the amazing detail on this beading!

So sparkly!

After being stretched carefully and perfectly lined up, it was time for the piece to be fit into the final frame. This piece called for a frame with equally decadent qualities. Our customer and frame designer choose this ebony, ornate frame to complement it nicely.

The finished product is breathtaking.