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Buying Canvas Art: What’s the Difference Between Gallery Wrap and Studio Wrap?

Canvas art is currently enjoying its day in the sun, and with its clean lines and ability to be incorporated into nearly any style of décor, its popularity is not a surprise. If you’ve spent any time shopping for canvas art, then you’ve probably noticed two different styles: gallery wrap and studio wrap. What do these terms mean? How do you know which one to choose? Keep reading to learn about the difference between these two styles.

First Things First: Why Is Canvas Stretched?

Canvas art is stretched for a few different reasons. First of all, it makes the print more durable and long-lasting. If a print is merely mounted, then you risk having whatever adhesive was used bubbling up through the canvas and onto the surface of the print. Also, foam boards and even wood products can break down over time. Both usually contain some level of acidity, which can cause the canvas to warp. Stretched canvases, on the other hand, come into little contact with other surfaces, promoting their longevity.

Another reason that canvas is stretched is because it simply looks better. The texture and weave of the print is accentuated, adding dimension and interest to the artwork.

So now that you know the purpose of stretching canvas art, how do you know whether you should buy studio wrapped or gallery wrapped artwork?

Studio Wrapped Canvases

Studio wrapped canvases requiring framing before being displayed. They feature thinner stretcher bars (the wooden framework that the artwork is fastened on), and because the edges will be covered by a frame, the sides of the canvas generally have visible staples or tacks.

Gallery Wrapped Canvases

Gallery wrapped canvases, on the other hand, are designed to be displayed without a frame. They usually have thicker stretcher bars, and none of the fasteners are visible. The sides of the canvas are primed just like the front, and the color of the print often extends out to the sides.

When shopping for gallery wrapped canvas art, look for a tight, even stretch that will ensure a flat surface without bumps or ripples. Look at the edges and corners of the artwork, making sure that the folds are clean and smooth. There shouldn’t be any extra pieces of canvas poking out, and the surface and sides of the artwork should be smooth and bump-free. Finally, take a look at the staples on the back of the artwork; are they fastened cleanly and securely?

Which Do I Choose?

When deciding between studio wrapped and gallery wrapped artwork, the option that is best for you completely depends on the look that you want. To achieve the clean and classic frameless look, gallery wrapped is what you’re looking for.

Choosing Custom Art

At Soundwave Art, we make it possible for you to create a customized work of art, with meaning that will last a lifetime. Choose a color scheme that will match your décor, and then record a message that will hold special meaning for you, your household, or the lucky recipient of the print. We use archival inks and heavyweight canvas, as well as a satin coating that provides UV protection, ensuring beauty and durability that will stand the test of time. Your custom canvas print features clean, staple-free sides, tightly tucked corners, and metal hangers and bumpers, allowing you to display your artwork right away.

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Mike LaTour - Co-founder Mike LaTour  Soundwave Art
2019 Finalist - Digital Innovation In Art Award

I spent 17 years in the music industry and have always had a love of art. Combining music, sound, and art was a perfect fit.

I’d like to thank you for visiting us and invite you to have a look around. Express your creativity and record a sentiment that will last for generations!