We can solve all of your art and framing challenges!With a breadth of experience that stretches back 25 years in the art & framing business in the Toronto area, we at Off The Wall bring a wealth of expertise to the practical, artistic and technical aspects of custom framing as well as providing an art consultant type selection of artwork for both home & office decorating needs. Since our inception in the days of Do-It-Yourself framing and spanning both the poster and fine art distribution aspects of the business, we have evolved into a business recognized for its excellent custom framing work for companies, institutions and individuals and a trusted and respected source for art work of all descriptions. We have always taken pride in our ability to meet and often exceed our customers expectations. We look forward to being able to show you what we can do for all your art & framing needs.
We are Custom Framing ExpertsDo you wish to have your piece framed to the edge of the image, given a border with a mat and frame, or simply plaque mounted? Our custom framing experts will guide you to select the framing that will suit and protect your quality works of art and other prized possessions. We are tuned in to what is current in the world of custom framing. We will also listen to you and determine what you want.
We are a Print GalleryWe carry an exciting collection of contemporary, vintage and museum art prints, both framed and unframed. Our prints are selected with recent art trends and the tastes of our local clientele in mind.
We are Art ConsultantsIf you would prefer not to invest the time into building your art collection, consider our Art Consultation service for your home or office. We can put together a complimentary selection of prints, in a style to suit your surroundings, and cleverly tie this collection together with fabulous frames.
Finding the right piece of artArt adds colour and vitality to any decor and helps to create a rich atmosphere. If you have a decorating vision you will certainly find a print with the mood to bring it to life. Otherwise, you might use a beautiful art print as a starting point...many fabulous room decors have been inspired by a favourite work of art. By exploring variations in the style and colour of the art work and frame, a room can be instilled with a mood that is lively and energetic, serene and contemplative, earthy and organic, warm and radiant, or bold and avant garde!
Famous QuotesIf I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.
- Marc Chagall
Origins of 'Expressionism'
Expressionism is an art style that filters the subject matter through the emotions of the artist. Consider Edvard Munch's, "The Scream". The artist brings a unique and personal interpretation to the work. The style is exemplified by the works of Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Jackson Pollock, Franz Marc, and Amedeo Modigliani. It began, however, with a group of German artists known as the BRIGDE group, who painted between 1905 and 1925. They believed that art had a very real influence on the structure of society and on the power struggles in politics.
Expressionism takes its cue from primitive art, Nordic styles of the Gothic period, the Post-Impressionists, and Art Nouveau. It was a reaction to the lifeless realism that was abundant in the late 19th century. It involves roughly hewn images where the artist expresses their perception of reality with wild outbursts of colour and warped perspectives.