Richard Dawes Framing Services
Richard Dawes has been framing artworks for galleries, artists, corporate and private clients from his base in De Beauvoir Town for over 10 years.
Located at De Beauvoir Workshops on Southgate Road, Richard has worked in the industry for over 25 years. After studying graphic design at art college, he worked for what was then one of the most prestigious framers in London to learn his trade.
Offering a bespoke service, practicing conservation framing, and using museum-quality techniques, Richard offers the best protection for a wide range of artworks and items.
“Conservation framing protects the longevity of artworks from damage or deterioration over time and can help to visually enhance the piece,” Richard explained. “This includes using acid-free materials and reversible mounting wherever possible, meaning the piece can be removed with minimal or no damage.
“We also use museum-quality techniques and materials, such as anti-reflective glass, which is important for when pieces are being viewed from different angles, and UV protection to reduce any light damage.”
Richard offers a bespoke service and a range of natural and hand-stained wooden frames in a selection of wood types, shapes and colours, and aluminium frames, as well as a selection of high-quality mounts and custom manufactured acrylic boxes.
“I’ve framed plenty of strange things during my time - a tennis racquet, underwear for a shop display and even a piece of coral. That required extremely careful handling and a deep frame.”
Despite the challenges of 2020, Richard has found his services still very much in demand and has remained busy. “During lockdown, I had lots of customers who were digging out pieces that they had been meaning to get framed for a while but hadn’t got round to doing,” he said, “and with people spending more time at home they had time to appreciate artworks much more.”
For many in the art world, this year has remained busy. With many galleries operating by appointment only, they were able to stay open, restrictions permitting. Artists have also been busy producing works to raise money for NHS Trusts and other charities, with many people investing in getting these works professionally framed.