From designed & engineered frames to specialist finishes, acrylic boxes, canvases, printed panels and bespoke wallpaper.
To ensure your art looks its best we can deliver and install the pieces for you. We have a team of expert installers versed in the many types of installation. They know what works best in your situation and will be glad to provide their knowledge.
We can generate images and image series as required for projects. This is often used to achieve a specific visual for commercial projects. Your project can be enhanced with our graphic design, illustration, digital & photographic composites.
Story of a Custom Box Frame
What Makes Art Graphics Different?
We can frame anything We are a small highly skilled team with complementary talents. We love the work we do & like making clients happy. Our framers have decades of experience framing a diverse range of items so know how to approach your project.
Details matter to us It’s the little things that matter. From perfectly aligned backboards and tape to tight frame corners, intelligent design and conservation materials.
World class systems We have strong custom built systems to ensure the work is tracked from first contact to project completion. At all stages your artwork is safe with us – our workshop is secure, alarmed & insured by Lloyd’s of London.
Oversized specialists We can undertake any size of project – our space is designed for the largest art pieces, including our custom spray booth for the clean gallery look.
How We Got Here & Our Team
Art Graphics is a 3rd generation family business doing quality framing for business since 1974. Right back at the beginning of our story – Ian McDonnell started the company selling framed silk-screen prints to Selfridge’s in London.
Frances left a Senior Graphics Lecturer role in 2012 to work full time in the company as Managing Director.
Simon joined the company aged 22 after a gap year in Israel to help out & pay a favour back to his Dad Ian. He never left. He is Product Designer, Senior Framer, and all-round good-guy at the heart of the company.
Finance & Tech
Lou manages everything to do with Finance for Art Graphics, and everything technology-based. She runs the print department, photography, stock control, purchasing ... and is also studying for her level 4 Accountancy qualification. Lou is an indispensable member of our team and is always smiling.
Frank brings an organised intelligent mind and an art & engineering background. He is expert at our welded frames and is fast-training on all aspects of the industry, and has begun implementing an improved work-flow for us.
Jake is pushing us forward on the customer focus front, with expertise in client service, social media, and digital marketing. He has a great sense of quiet humour to keep us all happy.
With a degree in Fine Art, Cathy is intelligent and makes sense of most things for us. She meets and greets our lovely clients and interprets their needs with confident creative design decisions.
Chris is the newest member of the team and has a passion for woodworking. He is being trained up to run our woodwork department for us.
We are part of the Goldman Sachs 10KSB Alumni, a business growth programme aiming to propel 10,000 small businesses to super-growth.
Where the magic happens
Our 2600 sq ft studio workshop is the perfect creative environment. We’ve invested in technology, equipment & systems for each zoned area to ensure we can handle anything you throw at us, in any size. Here are some highlights:
2600 sq ft – The perfect size for dealing with very large artwork
Zoned Clean Areas – Artwork is handled in special zones to ensure it’s free from stains, saws, dust etc.
Compressor – Supplies compressed air to power tools and ensure artwork is free of dust before framing. Our high-end system provides clean air, triple filtered. Other systems can leave water droplets and oils on artwork.
Laminator – A full size laminator is an essential piece of our daily tool kit.
Gunnar – Pro computerised mount cutter to ensure every mount is accurate to 0.1mm
Eizo Monitor – For professional colour matching and print previewing
Large format printer – The 60 inch HP printer can produce everything from art replications to building sized banners on paper, canvas or vinyl.
Long edge cutter – For perfect cuts to the edges of huge prints
Hotpress – For a flawless finish to professional photos
Spray booth – Gallery perfect spray finishes give a clean, modern look with no corner joins
Our workshop is based at the Adelphi Mill in Bollington, Cheshire.