Gold Leaf Period Picture Framing by Graham Reynolds

Gold Leaf Period Picture Framing: Graham Reynolds

In 2018, Dawson’s Framing on the Gold Coast partnered with Graham Reynolds, of of Australia master craftsman when it comes to classic, traditional, period framing and gilding. Graham mentors the staff at Dawson’s Framing in many of the traditional framing techniques such as gilding, creating compos (composition ornament), frame design from the different eras.

Gold Leaf Period Picture Framing by Graham Reynolds
Gold Leaf Period Picture Framing by Graham Reynolds

Graham Reynolds

Graham is master period framer. Specialising in gilded (gold leaf) period frames, he has framed many prolific Australian Artists for Galleries across the country. His wealth of knowledge, both local and international is inspiring.

Mr Graham Reynold’s signature ‘stern’ look has been around the Dawson’s framing studio since joining us in 2020. His expertise in museum grade framing, gilding and machine profiles is unsurpassed.

You’d be hard-pressed to visit an Australian Art Gallery / Museum without coming across one some of his handiwork.

Graham’s claim-to-fame is his work developing signature frames for the iconic Australian Artist: Margaret Olley as well as framing works for the Queensland Art Gallery.

Graham’s work was mentioned on an ABC Show with Phillip Bacon. He attributes his success to surrounding himself with people passionate, skilled and successful in their crafts and learning to perfect his own skills from them.

 

Graham has mentored and trained many framers throughout Australia in the art of classical frame making.

Graham Reynolds discussing the design of a new frame with Scott Dawson. Gold Leaf Period Picture Framing by Graham Reynolds
Graham Reynolds discussing the design of a new frame with Scott Dawson. Gold Leaf Period Picture Framing by Graham Reynolds

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Graham is the foremost knowledgeable artisan in Australia when it comes to the various types of period framing and identifying or replicating them in all there magnificent history.

Gold Leaf Period Picture Framing by Graham Reynolds: A few of the different types of period frames designed, created and gold leafed by Graham Reynolds

  1. Baroque Frame: Baroque frames originated in the 17th century and are characterized by their ornate and elaborate designs. They often feature intricate carvings, scrolls, and decorative motifs.
  2. Rococo Frame: Rococo frames emerged in the 18th century and are associated with the Rococo art movement. They are known for their delicate and asymmetrical designs, featuring motifs like flowers, shells, and foliage.
Period Frames display samples
Period Frames display samples
  • Neoclassical Frame: Neoclassical frames became popular in the late 18th century and early 19th century, influenced by classical Greek and Roman architecture. They often have clean lines, geometric shapes, and minimal ornamentation.
  • Victorian Frame: Victorian frames were prevalent during the Victorian era (1837-1901). They can be quite ornate, with intricate detailing, embossed patterns, and decorative corners. They vary in style from simple to highly embellished.

  • Art Nouveau Frame: Art Nouveau frames were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and are characterized by their flowing lines, organic forms, and nature-inspired motifs such as flowers, leaves, and vines.
  • Art Deco Frame: Art Deco frames gained popularity in the 1920s and 1930s. They feature bold geometric shapes, sleek lines, and stylized motifs like sunbursts, zigzags, and stepped patterns.
Period Framing Corner samples designed and created by Graham Reynolds at Dawsons Framing
Period Framing Corner samples designed and created by Graham Reynolds at Dawsons Framing

 

The process of Gold Leafing (Gilding) is prevalent part of the process in Period frames.
The process of Gold Leafing (Gilding) is prevalent part of the process in Period frames.

 

A Gold Leaf Frame in production at the Dawsons Framing Workshop in Ashmore on the Gold Coast.
A Gold Leaf Frame in production at the Dawsons Framing Workshop in Ashmore on the Gold Coast.
  • Modernist Frame: Modernist frames emerged in the 20th century, influenced by modern art movements such as Cubism, Constructivism, and Minimalism. They often have simple, clean lines, and a focus on functionality.

These are just a few examples of period frames, and there are many other styles and variations within each historical period. Each type of frame carries its own unique characteristics and can help enhance the presentation and aesthetic of the artwork or photograph it holds.

Graham Reynolds, master picture framing expert, at Dawsons Framing on the Gold Coast, stands next to a handcraft, gold leafed frame he completed for the Charles Blackman artwork.
Graham Reynolds, master picture framing expert, at Dawsons Framing on the Gold Coast, stands next to a handcraft, gold leafed frame he completed for the Charles Blackman artwork.

Of all the Archibald Prize Winners since 1921, Dawsons Framing & our resident Master Framer,  Graham Reynolds have framed multiple artworks by the following 30 artists

  1. W B McInnes
  2. John Longstaff 
  3. George W. Lambert
  4. Ernest Buckmaster
  5. Henry Hanke
  6. Nora Heysen
  7. Max Meldrum
  8. William Dargie
  9. William Dobell
  10. Arthur Murch
  11. Ivor Hele
  12. Judy Cassab
  13. Clifton Pugh
  14. Jon Molvig
  15. Ray Crooke 
  16. Sam Fullbrook
  17. Brett Whiteley
  18. Davida Allen
  19. William Robinson
  20. Fred Cress
  21. Geoffrey Proud
  22. Garry Shead
  23. Wendy Sharpe
  24. Euan Macleod
  25. Adam Cullen
  26. Nicholas Harding
  27. John Olsen
  28. Ben Quilty
  29. Tim Storrier
  30. Vincent Namatjira
Resident Master Framer at Dawsons Framing, Graham Reynolds
Resident Master Framer at Dawsons Framing, Graham Reynolds

 

Resident Master Framer at Dawsons Framing, Graham Reynolds
Resident Master Framer at Dawsons Framing, Graham Reynolds

 

Resident Master Framer at Dawsons Framing, Graham Reynolds
Resident Master Framer at Dawsons Framing, Graham Reynolds

 

Resident Master Framer at Dawsons Framing, Graham Reynolds
Resident Master Framer at Dawsons Framing, Graham Reynolds

For more enquiries about period frames for your discerning artworks. Please do contact us.

2 comments

  1. Cyrus Jacobs (Adrian) says:

    Hi Graham,
    Cyrus here, Nan Paterson’s son. I was going through mum’s book case and came across a couple of your books, In Company of Ghosts and Don’t invite Graham.
    As they are yours I would like to get them back to you, there is another which was about your family on Stradbroke Island but I think I passed that on to Paula to pass to you. Don’t know if it got to you or not.

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