Large Canvas, Small Art

Large Canvas, Small Art

Adrienne Breaux
Apr 14, 2010

Sometimes finding large-scale art for the home—that's actually affordable—is a challenge. We love many alternative ideas like creating collages or DIY art projects, and are liking this simple but effective art solution we found on a photoshoot for an upcoming house tour.

Utilizing an oversize canvas, architect Mark Meyer (of La Boîte fame) placed a small photograph in the center, and in effect created a eye-catching, affordable piece of large scale art. Sure, canvas isn't exactly free, but compared to a large oil or acrylic painting, this idea of his is much less pricey. And, sometimes oversized blank canvases can be found on sale, at thrift stores and on Craigslist. We really like how the canvas being so large draws more attention to the photograph--your eyes go straight to the bit of color on the large field of white.

We also think this same effect can be used with really large frames, a small piece of art or photograph and a really oversized mat. Of course, getting something framed isn't cheap, and the larger the more expensive, but again, we're thinking more about those giant frames you find at a thrift store for cheap that have unattractive art you can replace.

What do you think about creating an eye-catching art piece by placing something small on a large canvas or in a huge frame? Do you think it creates an interesting solution to an affordable piece of art? Or is a bit awkward?

And be sure to check back in early May when Mark's house tour is published---his Mid-Century apartment is amazing and chock-full of simple ideas.

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