Custom-built frames at affordable prices!

A cherished home-made birthday card, old family photograph, holiday souvenir, a child’s painting from primary school………there are so many meaningful images that lie unappreciated at the back of a cupboard or drawer when they should be gracing a wall, enhanced by a professional framing job.

Dig it out and bring it along to discuss the various framing possibilities. With many different samples of mountboards and mouldings to choose from, Madryn Studio is here to bring pictures back to life, without having to take out a mortgage to do so! Bring that long-forgotten picture along, and you may well be pleasantly surprised at the results!

Brief Biography of Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt was born 150 years ago. He was one of the most innovative and controversial artists of the early twentieth century. The son of an engraver, he studied at the State School of Applied Arts in Vienna. In the 1880s and 1890s he produced murals for public buildings — including Vienna’s Burgtheater and new Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum) — in the prevailing classical-realist style. Klimt’s style grew increasingly experimental, however, and his murals for Vienna University, commissioned by the State in 1894, were roundly attacked by critics for their fantastical imagery and their bold, decorative style. Partly in response to this reaction, in 1897 Klimt helped form the Secession, a group of artists dedicated to challenging the conservative Academy of Fine Arts.

Influenced by European avant-garde movements represented in the annual Secession exhibitions, Klimt’s mature style combined richly decorative surface patterning with complex symbolism and allegory, often with highly erotic content. After 1900 he concentrated on portraits and landscapes, although he also produced two of his greatest murals during this period — The Beethoven Frieze, exhibited at the Secession in 1902, and decorations for the Palais Stoclet in Brussels (1904-1911).

Klimt spent most of his summers on the Attersee, near Salzburg, where he drew inspiration for many of his landscapes, and where he painted some of his best-known works, including The Kiss of 1907-8.   He died in 1918.

FRAMING – special offer to artists

If you are an artist, either living in or visiting Devon, then I empathize with you on the “cost of framing” front! As an artist myself I have been through the whole process of going to professional framers, finding the cost prohibitive, then trying to make my own or restore second-hand frames!

Preparing your work for an exhibition can be hugely expensive, yet the unavoidable fact is that a decent framing job makes all the difference to the look of your work and, often, to whether it sells or not. Most people who buy a picture to hang on their wall want it properly framed. The best advice is – don’t stint on the framing. But the reality is – can you afford it?

Well, perhaps now you can. I offer all artists a 25% discount on all framing jobs. Come and have a chat about the various creative options available – there are no costs or obligation involved in talking about it!


Birch Forest and The Kiss

The Summer Art Exhibition has now opened at Madryn Studio, the Art Gallery, studio and picture framer in the heart of the village of Combeinteignhead, which nestles in the glorious Devon valley between Shaldon and Newton Abbot (only a mile or two from the Pen Inn roundabout).

This year sees the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gustav Klimt, the Viennese master of the Art Nouveau style, his interpretation of which led him to become one of the world’s greatest decorative artists. To celebrate the work of this influential artist, gallery owner Richard Thorpe has assembled a stunning exhibition which showcases the full range of his talents, from portraits to landscapes, and most famously, of course, The Kiss. The prints are sympathetically framed to reflect the style of the era, and are all available to purchase at very reasonable prices. As well as the Klimt show, there is a wide selection of other prints and original paintings, many by Richard himself.  So – why not drop and visit one of Devon’s prettiest areas, have lunch at the pub – and don’t forget to bring along any pictures that need framing!

Madryn Studio is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm Tuesday to Friday, and Saturday mornings from 10.00am till 1.00pm. Contact details: 01626 873748 Exhibition continues till 4th August 2012.