Gallery wrappred is a method of stretching an artist's canvas so that the canvas wraps around the
Stretcher Bar and is secured to the back of the wooden frame. The frame is usually 1.25" thick. The
result is the hardware (staples or tacks) used for securing the canvas is not visible on the sides.
The sides of the canvas are prepared and painted to continue the image appearing on the face. This
method of stretching and preparing a canvas allows for a frameless presentation of the finished
painting.When customers order the painting in gallery wrapped, it means that we will paint extra 3
inch each side. It is a continuation of the main image, so, there is nothing lost.
Gallery Wrap Vs. Canvas Stretching
Many people get confused between a gallery wrap and a stretched canvas. Gallery-wrap is a modern style of displaying art over thick wooden bars. It is a stretched canvas that doesn't have any visible staples or nails holding the canvas to the wooden stretcher bars so the painting could be hung unframed.
Stretched canvas is something completely different. In order to have your painting framed it first has to be stretched across stretcher bars. A stretched canvas differs from a gallery wrap. First, the stretcher bars are thinner allowing the staples to show on the sides of the wood. Therefore, unlike the gallery wrap, a stretched canvas is not a finished look but gallery wrap is ready to hang on the wall.
Gallery - Wrapped
Canvas - Stretched