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Ralph Steadman Savage Journey

Ralph Steadman – Artist Spotlight

Frame USA’s sister site Posterservice, Inc. recently added two new posters to our growing collection of pieces by Ralph Steadman.

Posterservice has several posters of Ralph Steadman’s illustrations, but the newest additions are titled “The Secret of Dreams” and “Savage Journey”.

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The Secret of Dreams“, pictured on the right, is an illustration of Ralph Steadman’s interpretation of Sigmund Freud having the secret of dreams revealed to him in 1895. The poster shows Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis and one of the early 20th century’s most influential thinkers, sitting at his desk working. Behind Freud is a surreal mass of strange imagery, or “the secret of dreams”. Ralph Steadman spent over three years researching Freud and creating artwork inspired by him. He even visited Freud’s hometown and spent time in the rooms where he analyzed his patients. These works were ultimately published in an art book titled “Sigmund Freud”.

Savage Journey“, pictured on the left, is based on Hunter S. Thompson’s book “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”. Steadman illustrated the novel which was published in 1971. “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” tells a surreal nonlinear narrative of characters traveling to Las Vegas on a psychedelic journey. The book explores themes of the declining American dream and the 1960s counterculture. Steadman and Hunter S. Thompson had a long partnership of Thompson writing books and articles which Steadman made illustrations for.

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Posterservice Inc also has a poster of this famous drawing Steadman made for the book. The poster is self-titled “Fear and Loathing”. The Hunter S Thompson novel was adapted into a movie in 1988 which has become a cult classic. Steadman appears in the commentary for the movie in the DVD set, as well as in a documentary titled “Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision”.

Steadman has worked with numerous other authors including Ted Hughes, Adrian Mitchell, and Brian Patten. He has also illustrated covers for editions of classic books such as Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, and Animal Farm.

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Posterservice Inc and Frame USA are incredibly honored to be able to work with such a prolific and well acclaimed artist. We take pride in making the work of influential artists accessible to everyone.

Custom Framing

Custom Framing by Our Retail Team and Online

Frame USA Offers a Variety of Custom Framing Options to Make You the Perfect Frame

Here at Frame USA we run a retail store, an online store, and a full production warehouse all at our location in Cincinnati, Ohio. Every part of our team works hard to make Frame USA run smoothly and make the best quality products for our customers. However, this week we’d like to highlight the beautiful custom framing work done by our retail team!

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Our team layered multiple mats of different sizes and colors to give dimension to the frames and the artwork. They also used our engraving technology to add details to the frame in the first image. Customers can bring in their artwork or images to our retail store and use the expertise of our team to have them create the perfect unique frame for their piece. One of a kind custom ready made frames can also be bought in our retail store.

However, if you’re not located in Cincinnati or don’t have the time to visit our store, you can still get a custom frame! Our website also has a section for you to customize a frame specific to the size, material, mat, glazing, colors, etc. that you’d like. We’re proud of the creative work our retail team does on custom framing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t design a frame on your own.

If you just want a frame to be engraved, we also have a section on our website that allows you to customize your own engraving on a frame. The options for custom framing with Frame USA endless! Whether you want in person help from our creative and experienced retail team, or you want to design a frame yourself through our website, Frame USA is the perfect place for custom framing.

Floater Frames

Floater Frames and Our New Print-On-Demand Service

Floater Frames for Canvas Prints

Frame USA has recently added to our growing list of services an Amazon.com print-on-demand site. As we mentioned in our recent blog post here, this meant adding a new large format printer to our team in order to increase our productivity.

We offer a huge selection of beautiful art prints and photography that we can now quickly print on high quality canvas. One of the most popular ways our customers choose to have their canvas prints displayed is with our floater frames.

Floater Frames

We stretch the canvas over the floater frames, which gives a sleek and clean look to your art prints. Since the frame is underneath the art, there are no distractions and the image is completely visible! Floater frames make it easy to hang art in your home with a professional look. Many artists and photographers even use floater frames to display their original work.

Using a floater frame for prints or artwork also adds a three dimensional look to the piece. Floater frames get their name from the illusion of floating that they create. The extra dimension it gives your art will really make anyone viewing it even more interested!

Visit our amazon store here to purchase art prints displayed on floater frames, or to get a floater frame for your own artwork visit the floater frame section of our website here.

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Artist Spotlight: Ali Güleç

Frame USA‘s sister company Posterservice Inc. is excited to be working with artist and illustrator Ali Güleç, based out of Istanbul, Turkey. Our posters by Ali are a series of decorative skull illustrations that combine beauty with macabre. Ali works using both traditional drawing mediums and digital images to create his designs.

Our most recent poster designed by Ali Güleç is titled “Bloom Skull”. This piece shows a beautiful juxtaposition of life and death. Though the overall composition is of a skull, suggesting a more macabre theme, the skull is made entirely of flowers and plants fully alive and in bloom. The illustration has dark undertones, but also has an over all delicate and decorative aesthetic that makes for perfect wall decor.

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“Bloom Skull” by Ali Güleç

  • Item #: PSA011330
  • Size: 24×36
  • Price: $6.99

We also carry two other designs by Ali Güleç titled “Flower Skull” and “Lace Skull”. These illustrations have similar themes of mixing darkness with beauty.

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Of course once you have your poster, you’ll need a frame to display it in! Posterservice Inc. works together with Frame USA in the same building in Cincinnati, OH to bring you all American made products. Frame USA offers a wide selection of poster frames in different materials, sizes, and colors for you to find the perfect frame for your poster. Click here to view our poster frames. 


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New Printer

New Large Format Printer Means Double the Productivity!

The Frame USA print production team has gotten a major upgrade! With our new canvas art prints available on amazon.com we needed to improve and increase our technology in order to give our customers the best product and the fastest service.

Canvas Printers

On the right in the photo above is our Roland Soljet EJ-640 printer.  Until last week, the Roland was working hard on it’s own to print all of our artwork orders. But as you can see, it’s now accompanied by the Epson SureColor S60600, allowing us to print two rolls of artwork at once!

New Printer

Our new Epson printer has easier maintenance and a faster printing speed. This means very little trouble shooting and lots of printing being done! Since our art prints are printed in our facilities in Cincinnati, OH, this allows our employees to efficiently make, package, and ship all of our orders. We are dedicated to keeping our products made in the USA and creating more jobs for Americans!

Be sure to check out our amazon store here for a large selection of beautiful art prints and photography ready to hang in your home.

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How to Choose the Right Type of Picture Frame

There is a perfect frame for every picture! Well, not really. With the plentiful options that we have to offer, we are sure you could create multiple splendid looks for your pictures and posters. However, we do understand that there could be different factors playing when choosing a picture frame like the overall theme and color of your space or it could just be a matter of personal taste – depicting the appeal you wish to create. So, just to make things simpler for you, we have a few suggestions/looks you could try out which we think work great.

  • If you have a really clean and modern image, you could make it fancy by using  gold frames and you could possibly go further by adding double layered matting with gold edgings on the side to give it a rich look.

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  • For highlighting the image/poster, choosing a frame color matching any color from the image/poster also works great. This very well comes out is an image submitted to us by our customer where he has used Victorian Walnut with Gold to frame his posters. The gold lining on the inside really adds to the impact of the image. Any frame with a color from the picture and a narrow lining of a different color would work well are what we would say. Also, our Victorian Series goes well with historic pieces adding a rich look to it. ‎

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Picture Courtesy: Briley Mitchell (Customer)

  • If you want to give your posters a really modern and sleek look, you could use a narrow metal frame in glossy colors. You could either choose to add a mat or just choose to go without it to give a floating look. A narrow black metal also works well for any poster, and if the poster has darker shades, adding a thin white matting really makes it stand out.

Black Poster Frames

Pic courtesy: Danny Haymond-Preciado (Customer)

  • For Art posters, a white frame with a clean white matting also works very well. This directs all the focus on the poster.

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Pic courtesy: Visionary and Voice

  • You could pick and choose different color and shapes of mats to play and see the impact on your image. If you are choosing a colored mat then revealing a portion of the print’s white border gives the illusion of a double mat. You could also go for double matting with a dark wide one as the first layer and a lighter color as the narrow second layer

Barn Wood Frames

Picture Courtesy: Paper’d Moments (Customer) 

  • For natural scenes and outdoor images, you could use narrow metal frames of a contrasting color to give it a modern impact. Also, our Barn Wood frames give it an unfinished an raw look if that is the theme you are playing by or you could also go with the different options of classic wooden frames and we assure you would never go wrong with those

“We love our Barn Wood Frames. It works very well for our landscapes and wildlife.” – Julia Held (Customer)

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Picture Courtesy:  Julia Held (Customer)

  • Another option for posters is a shadow-box frame which makes it appear more like real art.

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Picture Courtesy: Paul Krako (Customer)

We believe our frames would always enhance the beauty of your images as well as keep it well protected. Now, it’s time for you to explore the different options and create astonishing pieces with our frames.

We hope you found these suggestions useful. We are sure you would find the right frame for your pictures and posters with our wide selection of frames and the customization options we have. If you have any further questions about the type of picture frame suited for you, do reach out to us on any of our social media pages or our helpline number and we will be happy to assist you.

Don’t forget to return to our blog for more exciting and interesting updates from FRAME USA.  We would also love to hear your stories and experiences with us. Please share them with us on any of our social media channels which can be accessed through the links below and it would give us the motivation to keep going.

Wishing you Happy Framing!

 

Frame USA February News

We have some exciting new things taking place around Frame USA and we want to share them with you!

 

Frame USA News

 

The Executive Picture Frame series is great for awards, certificates, artwork and just about anything you’d be looking to frame. These frames really bring to life any room where a rich and warming presence is required.

All Executive Picture Frames are 10% off for the month of February with Coupon Code: Feb10

Wood is a classic material for crafting picture frames and has been in use for centuries due to its abundance and how easy it is to use.

Hanging Picture Frames

Hanging Picture Frames The Frame USA Way

Tips for Hanging Picture Frames

Even though Frame USA specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of picture frames, we’ll be the first to admit that not every piece of artwork calls for a frame. Many contemporary pieces are meant to display alone, or with a minimal floater frame. You should ideally use a frame any time you do not have a canvas, or when the art work can’t be displayed on its own.

Some artist simply mat their artwork while others will buy a frame in the correct size for their piece. Custom framing is another option, but the concept remains the same — don’t let the framing overpower the artwork. The frame you choose should add to the art or simply make it easier to display, not distract from the artwork.

As another precaution, don’t frame a piece of art for the sole purpose of matching a room. Art can be arranged in any which way, whereas a room can undergo many changes over time.

Once you’ve decided on the proper frame for your art, the next step is frame hanging! When hanging picture frames you want to aim for the average eye-level to get the best reaction. Meaning once the framed artwork is on the wall, you should be able to stand in front of the piece with your head level, your gaze should fall just about in the center or just below the center of the artwork.  Art is meant to be viewed and appreciated, and won’t have quite the same effect unless it’s easily viable.

Hanging Picture Frames

When selecting what kind of frame hanging accessories to use; you must take into consideration a few things. First, you need to thing about what the type of material the wall you are hanging frames on is made out of. This is important because you need to get picture frame accessories appropriate for that type of material.

The second thing to consider is how heavy your artwork is. Most frame hanging accessories have sizes designed for certain pound ranges. Select one rated for the picture frame you intend to hang.  If in doubt, go for a stronger hanger! It’s better for your hanger to be too strong than not strong enough and have your framed art fall off your wall.

Now is time for the best part, stand back and enjoy your framed art!

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Hanging Picture Frames
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Frame USA’s Exciting Trip To The 18th Annual West Coast Art & Frame Expo

We had a great time at the 18th annual West Coast Art and Frame show in Las Vegas. If you aren’t familiar with this exciting event, WCAF is the largest trade-show event in the art and picture framing industry, showcasing thousands of new vendor products and services. Held every January in Las Vegas, the WCAF Expo is the place where attendees come to see the latest trends, meet with exhibitors, and network with other industry professionals. The WCAF Expo is the home to The National Conference, the industry’s leading educational program that features fresh, new, and exciting seminars and hands-on workshops every year.

Getting to meet with the nations best artists and framers was a great experience, and we were glad to share it with them! Our Director of Business Development, Hurley Coleman III, is pictured below posing next to our display at the show. We met with vendors and other craftsmen about our frames, products and poster/printing services. We had a blast!

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If you joined us at the show and would like to submit a quote for any of our products, fill out our custom quote form by clicking here!

Artist Spotlight: Dean Russo

Posterservice Inc. is very proud to be working with Brooklyn-based Pop artist Dean Russo. Dean celebrates his love of animals through this extensive collection of poster canvases. With vibrant colors and characteristic aplomb, Russo’s deep affection for the animal world resonates through his work.

The graffiti-laden streets of Russo’s Brooklyn upbringing inspired him to create a truly idiosyncratic approach to design and filigree. An often-misunderstood artist, Russo’s medium is joy, vibrancy, and a love of life.

 

Brooklyn Bridge by Dean Russo
Brooklyn Bridge by Dean Russo
  • Item #: PSA011185
  • Size: 36×24
  • Price:$6.99

 

Che Guevara By Dean Russo
Che Guevara By Dean Russo
  • Item #: PSA011140
  • Size: 24×36
  • Price:$6.99

 

Turtle By Dean Russo
Turtle By Dean Russo
  • Item #: PSA011145
  • Size: 36×24
  • Price:$6.99

 

Einstein by Dean Russo
Einstein by Dean Russo
  • Item #: PSA010995
  • Size: 24×30
  • Price:$6.99

 

Starry Night by Dean Russo
Starry Night by Dean Russo
  • Item #: PSA010815
  • Size: 36×24
  • Price:$6.99

 

Easy Rider By Dean Russo
Easy Rider By Dean Russo
  • Item #: PSA011130
  • Size: 36×24
  • Price:$6.99

 

Dean Russo - Elephant
Dean Russo – Elephant
  • Item #: PSA010985
  • Size: 24×36
  • Price:$6.99

Dean Russo Collection

 

Once you pick out your favorite poster at posterservice.com, your next step is picking out the perfect poster frame.

FrameUSA.com and Posterservice.com are sister companies and this is one of the main reasons why!  FrameUSA.com offers a wide range of frames that are perfect for your new posters.  Check out their full selection today at http://www.frameusa.com/poster-frames!