16 November - 14 December 2013
Before stepping into the gallery scene, Adam Neate was known for leaving some 6,000 cardboard artworks in the streets of London for people to find free of charge (or unknowingly throw away!) and became something of an urban legend. Since these modest beginnings, the artist has become famous for creating a unique style which aims to ‘drag painting forward to compete with the modern day barrage of visual media’. John Jones have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Adam and his gallery Elms Lesters Painting Rooms for many years, and his journey as an artist has been matched with a similarly innovative framing journey.
When Adam first came to John Jones, he was producing cardboard images which our team framed within standard acrylic boxes. As the artist’s style became more adventurous, incorporating 3-dimensional objects to create deeper work, our team realised that these simple Perspex designs needed to become bolder. We began to introduce colour into the frames in the form of backing inserts produced from iridescent Perspex, creating a fluorescent glow. The artist’s acrylic boxes moved on to be constructed from optium acrylic, a lightweight material which contains an ultra violet light filter and a low glare coating for the highest quality viewing experience. In time, these were coupled with brightly coloured tray frames and even flocked frames! The artist has also experimented with thin polished aluminium frames for his welded metal and plastic artworks, investigating how changing frame materials can impact upon the final finish of his piece.
Our Design Consultants have taken great pleasure in working with Adam to create presentation solutions which become an integral part of the artist’s work. These collaborative discussions have resulted in some of our most creative frame designs ever produced.
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