Framed by History

Impromptu Concert, 16″x20″, Oil on canvas, in local Confederation-era era frame

“Framed by History”, comprises of contemporary paintings mounted in original Confederation-era frames. By juxtaposing the new with the old, we draw connection between local history and contemporary nature in our region – artistically and as a contribution to celebrating Canada’s150th. We’d like to share a visual celebration of our collective 150 years, exploring the arresting relationship between art, history and framing.

France has a longstanding interest in antique picture frames, their renovation and conservation. “Period frames, by virtue of their nostalgia and tangibility, anchor our collective memories and knowledge of times past” says France, “These special windows provide a unique scope through which we may visually review our modern heritage.”

We’re both surprised by the way in which anachronistic images and eras look so right when placed together, the stunning effect of two sometimes strikingly disparate manifestations of time, both contemporary and classic. These works seem to reach out to each other with the frame space becoming an integral part of the art. In a good painting there is balance, discord, or tension: a particular energy making it sing. This also extends to wider spaces and hanging paintings in frames that “work” together.

Our on-line exhibition, “Framed by History” brings together a selection of my paintings matched with antique frames, many from the time of Confederation – all sourced, selected and renovated by France. By juxtaposing the old with the new, an enduring connection is drawn between our shared history and the contemporary artworks.…the present, borne by the past!

We hope you enjoy our gallery.

David and France