After hearing of its success, 4walls was keen to find out more about the recently established White Horse Gallery in Banbury. We spoke to the owner, Paul, who gave us some insight into opening his own gallery, and all the exciting things that have happened since.
Art In A Box is the latest creative activity from Eazl, which is a social enterprise that organises art and music projects and supports partner charities. This initiative features original paintings by famous figures from the worlds of music, film, comedy and TV, made using materials supplied to them in a bespoke art box.
Matt George has been appointed by Larson-Juhl as the company’s new sales director. With over 20 years’ experience in business development, Matt has spent the majority of his career in retail and also food and drink manufacturing, having worked on brands such as Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Heineken and Britvic.
Cheshire-based Premier Image has a fantastic reputation with photographers, which is where its core offer lies, but just recently they have developed a new specialism around all things lunar – and beyond! 4walls was blown away by these NASA images in particular, and we know there are many Star Trek fans amongst the readership - so we thought you would like to see some of that work too!
Having discovered artist Jessica Zoob, 4Walls was blown away by her passion for finding beauty in all things nature. This passion is portrayed effortlessly within her modern-day impressionist fine art prints and original paintings - and we were keen to find out her story.
While Wildwood Gallery in Ewell has only been trading for three months, owner Vicky Kirby brings over 20 years’ experience to this new art and framing shop and has, not surprisingly, hit the ground running. 4walls caught up with Vicky recently and was hugely impressed by her energy, creativity and stunning new gallery.
Although often referred to as the ‘screw artist’, having innovatively created 3D-art made from painted screws, Andrew Myers uses a range of mediums in his art, and 4Walls was intrigued to find out more about this original artist and his inspirations.
Larson-Juhl’s chop service has been in full swing since the start of the year. It removes wastage from your business and can significantly speed up the lead time for delivery to the end customer. With our rigorous quality control and next day delivery, more and more of our customers are opting for this service.
We were thrilled to see that Tim Wakefield’s art foundation, Soundwaves, has been recognised and featured in Billboard magazine! This is after the foundation managed to raise a whopping 2.4 million dollars for charity with help from various musicians, including Coldplay and members of Pink Floyd.
With her unique mix of talent, instinct, passion and experience, it is no wonder that Soo Turner is enjoying great success with two galleries, an art consultancy and a framing business. 4walls was fascinated by her rejection of following the pack and of being influenced by interior trends. When it comes to art, Soo simply follows her heart, and encourages her customers to do likewise.
Portfolio Fine Art is an exciting new publishing enterprise with big ambitions – and Vernon ‘Vern’ Smith and his team have already signed a very impressive list of artists, including international as well as local talent. Being very much a family business, their strapline is: “Putting personality back into publishing” – which refers both to the artists they represent and the way that they conduct themselves. Vern is a very busy man. 4walls caught up with him between his rock band practice and his next big launch!
Congratulations to the two candidates that have now been chosen for the Larson-Juhl Scholarship scheme’s second intake of 2019! We are incredibly proud to sponsor Laura Hemsley of Sapphire Framing in Okehampton, Devonand Oonagh Main of Irish Art Plus in Antrim, NorthernIreland, who are the two talented winners.
We have loved hearing from framers and artists at two recent round tables – which both took place alongside Art & Framing Roadshows in Chester and Brighton. The events were organised by the Fine Art Trade Guild, and sponsored by Larson-Juhl. Newly elected Master of the Guild Jo Palmer chaired the sessions, ensuring that a broad spectrum of topics was covered.
Congratulations to Lucy Pittaway who has been crowned the ‘UK’s Most Popular Published Artist’ for the second year running! She received her award from field sales director Graham Miller at the Fine Art Trade Guild Awards in Stratford Upon Avon in May.
Peter Cleevely is an award-winning picture framer who has worked with all manner of challenging pieces over the years. One of his recent works of pride is this stunning tribute to the career of Rob Wood, who has spent 40 years as a chef, 12 of which were with the Royal household.
Larson-Juhl is sponsoring a global initiative with the British Journal of Photography (BJP) covering projects in London, New York, Ballarat in Australia and Louisiana, US – which the 4walls team is very excited about! The events are taking place from this month through to November. In total, Larson-Juhl will be framing around 170 images and promoting the activity through social media, on our website and in 4walls magazine in return for extensive exposure in BJP marketing collateral and on their social media channels.
Hue Folk is an emerging collective of diverse young artists brought together through their fascination with vibrant colour, typography, graphic design, folk and urban art. As creatives from varied disciplines, they bring together the vision of illustrators, graphic designers and digital artists.
Both the sustainability and Bauhaus trend which we have been enjoying this year dovetail perfectly into the exciting relaunch of heritage brands. Furniture designer Alys Bryan takes a closer look at these brands, as well as how Soft Green is expanding the Warm Autumn colour palette and how botanical designs have grown in to an interior trend. www.alysbryan.co.uk
As a long-time supporter of Willow Foundation, Larson-Juhl was delighted to be part of the charity’s involvement with the recent London Football Awards. A phenomenal £140,000 was raised on the night with £4,000 alone coming from the auctioning of legendary Gordon Banks’s gloves (framed by us!).
Niche Frames in Bristol is a brilliant example of a modern business that is embracing market forces and investing in digital equipment. 4walls recently caught up with director Joe Brewerton to hear about his success to date and his ambitions for the future.
We Frame It is a thriving gallery and framing business run by Noel Hill out of two locations - Inverness and Portree in Skye. 4walls spoke to him about his thoughts on success in the industry and one of his most highly acclaimed artists, Jay Nottingham.
4walls enjoys covering new entrants to the world of framing but we also love to feature those whose passion for the sector has thrived over many decades and who continue to succeed, embracing change with an energy and commitment that is both impressive and inspirational. One such example is Jan ‘Mitreman’ Stanlick of Framers Equipment.
Taking a responsible approach to the environment has been a priority for us for many years but we need to do more. To this end, for example, we are working with James Cropper on a range of mountboard made from recycled paper. There are some cases when only virgin paper stock will do, but there are many, many other cases where recycled paper is fine.
Get Framous is our latest marketing campaign. It is intended to help you, the bespoke framer, get customers through your doors, visiting your websites, engaging with you on social media, and ultimately placing orders.
Larson-Juhl’s global design team, which is based in Atlanta, regularly visits our factory in Lira in the Czech Republic as part of its new product development remit. During the most recent visit, team director Kiva Connor was interviewed about the collaboration across the sites.
Celebrating the legacy of Bauhaus and protecting our future with sustainable design are just two trends which will dominate the year ahead. Taking a lead from 2018 colour trends, yellow will also bring our interior schemes to life during 2019. Furniture designer Alys Bryan takes a closer look at these three trends.
Having come to picture framing from consumer electronics, I am really enjoying getting to understand a totally different industry, and one that is rife with creativity and an appetite for innovation that I think some might be surprised to find in the world of bespoke framing.