Original Pictures, by Craig Barker

Spire Hospital triptych, oak frames
Spire Hospital seating area
Waiting Room
Panoramic of Manchester
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Cityscape Photography by Original Pictures

Craig Barker has created a series of dramatic urban landscape photographs based on the Manchester area for the Spire Hospital. His adapted cityscapes add creative licence to the famous buildings and viewpoints of the city.

The Art Graphics UK Ltd team assisted with some oiled oak frames to complement the powerful images.

Craig has also provided commissioned pieces for the Arbuthnot Banking Group PLC, which we were happy to assist with. His comissioned corporate imagery gave a new twist to urban photography, creating drama & sidestepping bland safe imagery.

Corporate cityscape images
Contemporary workplace photography
Arbuthnot brochure
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Louise Phillips at the Talented Art Fair 2018

Yellow gold collage artwork
Collage artwork by Louise Phillips
Circular collage artwork
Collage artwork by Louise Phillips
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Talented Art Fair – 2018
The Old Truman Brewery, London 2-4 March 2018

Following on from its launch in 2017, the Talented Art Fair is at the Old Truman Brewery, London from March 2nd 2018, showcasing today’s most exciting contemporary artists including carefully selected work from over 90 emerging and award-winning artists, recent graduates and established artists.

Art Graphics UK Ltd are proud to be collaborating with Louise Phillips on the framing for her collaged art pieces for the exhibition. The square & circular aluminium welded frames are an exciting project that includes illumination, raw aluminium, gold finish & white spray-painted finishes, with etched signature acrylic & circular cut specialist glass.

 

Spraying an aluminium circular frame
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Art Exhibition at HOME, Manchester

Of Flesh and Stone, Fri 9 Mar 2018 – Sun 29 Apr 2018

by Mario Popham and Tom Baskeyfield

Mario Popham rock & water photograph
Graphite Sketch by Tom Baskeyfield
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The stillness and unexpected atmosphere of welsh rock & water are captured in a photograph by Mario Popham. Tom Baskeyfield’s graphite drawing reveals the essence of the ancient material.

 

Opening on March 9th 2018 at HOME, Manchester, this collaborative exhibition by Tom & Mario explores the legacy of stone through a dialogue between drawing and photography; how people have shaped, and in turn, been shaped by this material.

Mario Popham is a photographer currently based in Manchester. He received a B.A. Honours  at Manchester School of Art in 2007, and currently studies man’s relationship to nature and the post-industrial British landscape.

Tom Baskeyfield is a multi disciplinary visual artist investigating relationships between people and place. In 2011 he was awarded an MA in Art and Environment from Falmouth University for the project Of Time in Field, an experimental immersion in the life of an earth field for one crop cycle.

In collaboration with the artists, Art Graphics UK Ltd are proud to be making the frames to present this body of work. Mario’s photography frames will be completed with 70% uv filtered reflection control ‘invisible’ UV Gallery Glass and a bareface tulipwood profile, splined and fine-sanded, with Tom completing the finish to the exhibition profiles in our workshop in a black carbon-casein handmixed paint, to further link the exhibition to the place & people that inspired it. All the pieces in the exhibition are being framed & finished in the same way, with an exciting & innovative hanging formation.

As a unique addition, Tom has requested that his frames be multi-angled to fit his beautifully intense drawn artwork, which has our lead-framer really excited in this project.

The previous chapter of this project is documented in the website Shaped by Stone

Our photographer, Louise Jeff, has been commissioned to take video clips & stills of the pieces as they progress through the workshop, and we will be posting these in a follow-up blog.

Circular illuminated box-frame

circular artwork being prepared
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Circular box-frame for artist Louise Phillips

The stunning Louise Phillips called in to our workshop late last year to discuss how to present her artwork in a circular, illuminated, etched, deep, aluminium, 1.2m diameter, welded frame. We were happy to assist & set to presenting the best methods & materials for the job, collaborating with Louise to suit her style & needs. We also suggested a typography etch as Louise’s trademark signature to the acrylic to echo the restaurant Etch who had commissioned the piece. The text also dedicates the piece to ‘Nyekimber’ – a nod towards both the Nyetimber Vineyard & owner Chef Steve’s lovely wife Kim. Louise Phillips is a Cheshire-based Contemporary Collage Artist working with found & recycled materials.
This particular piece is collage on paper of the vineyard’s bottle labels, cut and layered into a circular design. The piece undulates & needed an internal space within the frame, a depth to the frame enclosure. We fixed the artwork in using museum tags to the reverse of the acrylic, with low reflection gallery glass to the front & the etched acrylic to the reverse, and a profile of thin, strong, ring-rolled aluminium, custom sprayed to the precise shade chosen by Lou.
The LEDs were selected for the warm white colour temperature, with a dimming facility. A fader was included for the client to set the level of light for themselves.
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circular aluminium grey-sprayed frame
subframe for circular illuminated artwork
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Completed frame installed at the Etch Restaurant in Hove, Brighton

The frame was completed in December last year, with a  timber-constructed crate to safely house the circular nature of the frame. Lou controlled the courier delivery & installation at the Etch Restaurant in Brighton, and sent us the images below of the completed piece in its final location.

installation of illuminated frame
detail of installed circular artwork
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Second & third illuminated pieces in the pipeline …

Lou is currently working on two further pieces – with the Art Graphics team on standby to prepare frames in bronze & gold …
We are developing a short video of these frames being created in the workshop & will post this as soon as it’s ready. Our newest team member Louise Jeff has presented the draft & is putting the finishing touches together.