For any artworks with signatures, personal notes, or features on both sides of the artwork that our clients would like visible, a double-sided frame can be an excellent option to offer the ability of keeping both sides visible for an extra special reveal.
We loved being able to enhance and protect both sides sides of this Pearl Jam silkscreen with a custom gilded double-sided picture frame
To create this custom picture frame, we used a natural maple frame with closed corners and natural splines. The designing details include quattro red clay with wood spacers and a 22 K yellow gold leaf finish.
The front layer of this piece is glazed with museum glass for full UV protection and a barrier to prevent colors fading due to sun damage, dust and environmental effects over time.
At Frames and Stretchers in NYC, our specialty is creating custom picture frames and stretchers that will enhance and protect your artwork while leaving a lasting impression.
Beautiful Custom Gilded Frame with Sgraffito Technique
Made in our Frames and Stretchers Studio NYC
Original Artwork by Luis Borrero
Our talented team of expert craftsman can handle any project's size, shape, or installation needs, such as with this delightful piece by Puerto Rican artist Luis Borrero whose work melds baroque styling with contemporary themes.
We designed a perfect fresh gilded sgraffito picture frame in New York, to fit and complement one of his masterworks. His portrait "Reina de las Quenepas" was created using oil and pigments on wood board. The Caribbean fruit from her headdress inspired us to design a vine pattern. The final step was incising the pattern on a gilded frame with a pointed arch.
Our expert, giving final touches to the gilded - sgraffito frame
The carefully designed frame reflects our special interest in this compelling work of art with an intriguing history. "This painting was inspired by a local homeless woman that often would sell the Quenepa fruit from our native Puerto Rico to support her drug addiction. The painting is inspired by medieval icons and Goya’s dark paintings." - Luis Borrero
Prior to framing the piece, we called upon our expert conservator Julia Rivera. "Reina de las Quenepas" was painted 20 years ago in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Julia carefully removed the more than two decades worth of soiling from the surface revealing the gleam of the gold and brilliance of the colors underneath.
Frames and Stretchers works directly with craftsmen and artists who are skilled in traditional techniques with a contemporary flair. This frame was carved and assembled by hand then embellished. In the gilding process, a layer of clay is applied to the frame molding, then the artisan applies sheets of 22 K gold leaf. Finally, a design is incised through the technique known as sgraffito, resulting in an amazing overall finish!
Luis Borrero graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He has exhibited widely and is collected throughout the States and Puerto Rico. Studying in Europe inspired his appreciation for classical designs and techniques. He incorporates these skills into his own personal style that reflects the current figurative movement in art. In 2007, his work was exhibited at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico in a group exhibition that culminated in a comprehensive book of Puerto Rican artists. He also founded the Atelier San Juan in San Juan to nurture students in classical methods of drawing and painting and to offer assistance in portfolio development. Borrero was awarded Best in Show in the Salmagundi Club's Non-Members Exhibit at the Denise Bibro Fine Art in Chelsea, New York.
Pairing outstandingly crafted artworks such as Borrero's with equally elegant frames is one of our specialties. We hope you'll visit us at the studio with your personal art treasures to see what one of a kind design we can create for you!
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Please visit us at any of our locations in the Lower East Side, Miami, and New Haven, or call 347-705-0081 to learn more about our framing and stretching possibilities for your artwork or collection!
A recent project at Frames and Stretchers involved the intersection of Andy Warhol’s Factory and the 70s downtown punk scene. We had the opportunity to frame an original Jon Pellicoro, “Andy Warhol” hand grenade. The unique and edgy graphic work was given a high-end treatment befitting a museum quality piece. We built a beautiful closed corner maple frame gilded with 22K gold. The grenade was hinged using Japanese paper and rice paste and mounted behind Optium museum acrylic.
Jon Pellicoro's Andy Warhol inspired hand grenade
Pellicoro was the drummer for the short-lived band the Handgrenades who hailed from Long Island and played Bowery circuit venues like Max’s and CBGB’s. He and band mate Bob Kern have been described as “mordant provocateurs, and good ones at that”. * It was Pellicoro who produced the grenades.
Doing conservation work on the grenade print
Details of the closed corner frame and 22K gold leaf
As a professional graphic artist who worked for the East Village Eye and was a partner in the design firm Grafix Multimedia, Pellicoro had the skills to experiment with unusual advertising gimmicks to promote the band. After a trip to the Factory he got the idea to produce a number of Warhol “inspired” hand grenades to pitch the band's 1979 single Demo to London. These grenade cutouts bore the name of the band and song as well as a “replica” Andy Warhol signature. Many storeowners thought the artworks were authentic Warhols and some were stolen. Some found the grenades to be a clever gimmick, while others were less than amused. Kern says they even tried to provoke Andy himself, “We also put one in Warhol's elevator, we posted them in the elevator of the Factory, and we sent them up to the third floor and walked off.”* Apparently Warhol verbally threatened to sue them, but nothing ever came of it.
The former promotional material in it's beautiful new frame
Now the grenades are a piece of urban folklore and it seems appropriate to have the opportunity to help preserve such a great piece of NYC history here at our LES location!