November 11, 2021
Wood Picture Frames in New York
Our team received an original work by Arnoldo Roche Rabell this past fall, and with excitement, we got right to work. Float mounted on acid free, warm white museum board, we housed the painting in a walnut frame with rounded corners. Our Lower East Side studio services local, national, and international galleries, museums, and artists, as well as art collectors and buyers. Our small, skilled team of fitters and designers are ready for any project, no matter how big or small! Picture frames and mouldings are on display in our New York showroom, and trust us, we have a wide variety of options! From hardwood floater frames to acrylic picture frames, we provide some of the best framing options in the city.
Born in 1955 in Puerto Rico’s capital city, San Juan, Arnoldo Roche Rabell’s work deals with issues of national identity, political unrest, and the history of painting. A notable painter of his generation, Roche has been called one of the “most important artists of the neo-expressionist movement”. His work continues to influence painters to this day, and is beloved by our custom picture framing team.
Prior to studying architecture in Puerto Rico, Roche studied under a mentor at Luchetti School of Art. He eventually went on to complete his masters in Fine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1984. His work resides in private collections both nationally and internationally, along with being shown in museums across the country, most notably the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Museum of Contemporary Art in San Juan.
Rich in color, Roche’s paintings are expressive with multiple layers of paint. He often uses live models and goes over his works with black paint and a palette knife, creating intense forms and rough textures.
Picture Framing in New York City
We received the painting, measuring exactly 26 ⅛” x 40”, with loads of excitement. Every day at Frames and Stretchers LES is an exciting one, no matter what works come into our shop. Whether we receive something by an artist as renowned as Roche, or a piece by a young, small-scale artist around the corner, our tight knit team is thrilled to support and perfect projects for everyone.
Upon reviewing this specific work in our showroom during the client’s consultation, we decided to move forward with a float mount onto acid free museum board. Sure to give the work enough breathing space, we left 1” whitespace all around the image. A warm white mat board complemented the orange and red hues perfectly.
For our favorite step of the process, the frame-fitting of course, we decided on a round walnut closed corner frame with an ebony stain to match the darker brown tones. Closed corner frames are best when considering the preservation of artworks, especially heavily textured pieces such as this one. Closed corner frames often take much longer to make and are much stronger than joined corners, due to the nature of the wood. The painting’s subject stares out through the highest quality UV filtered museum acrylic.
Ebony Stained Walnut Picture Frames
At Frames and Stretchers, we take pride in the professional and preservational quality of our work. Dealers, collectors, artists, designers and more, all trust us with highly valued works. From sleek, contemporary picture frames, to extravagant, hand carved, gilded mouldings, we always take care of our clients. We offer the highest museum quality materials and top of the line customer service.
Closed Corner Picture Frames in New York City
In addition to our Lower East Side location, Frames and Stretchers has offices in New Haven, Ct. and Miami, Fl. We offer delivery curbside and door-to-door, as well as installation services in New York, Connecticut, Florida and some parts of New Jersey.
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