Roger Wagner Blog

Frames and framing

Added 8 yearss ago

 Framing pictures can be both fraught and exciting. Last Sunday Anthony Mould and I were painting some of the frames for the current exhibition, and seeing others for the first time that had been made from salvaged carved moldings. Although frames don't physically change pictures they do change the way we see them, and they can do more. The gold ground pictures in this exhibition were initially inspired by one of the frames. In this sense frames can be not merely the edging round a picture but something more like Keats' description of 

'magic casements opening on the foam

Of perilous seas and faery lands forlorn'