Framing

Our new framing showroom
Our new framing showroom
Charles Hewitt with some of his works

The History

Charles Hewitt is considered Australia’s master framer. He has earned this title through a framing business that began in 1964 and has over the last 50 years become internationally recognised. In the early days, he was one of the first framers who travelled widely throughout England, France and USA to source exclusive moldings and frames.

Charles was also the first craftsman to introduce polished aluminum frames, perspex box framing and water gilded frames to Australia. These became popular in the 1960s and much in demand by artists such as Brett Whiteley, Russell Drysdale and others.

In 1980, the newly formed National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. commissioned Charles Hewitt to create a wide range of frames for its collections. On many occasions this task necessitated interstate travel to locate suitable examples of period frames of relevant design to use on the reframed 19th & 20th century works. More than 400 frames were painstakingly remade for works from Blue Poles to colonial artists such as Duttereau. In addition, a vast variety of frames were created for the Impressionist works from the 1889 exhibition, as well as welded aluminum frames and acrylic boxes and early 20thC painted frames right through to duplicating the Nolan frames of the 50’s.

Charles Hewitt officially retired in early 2015, however, never one to rest, he is still available to consult on all aspects of your artwork requirements, from beautiful new frames to restoring old frames and paintings, to hanging of artworks and much more. He can be contacted on charles@charleshewitt.com.au

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