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Framed Retro Art

A popular artistic style is framed retro art. These works are meant to remind the viewer of the past in some way. This could be by trying to recreate images similar to those that were common in a particular era, or sometimes simply by incorporating patterns, textures, and colors that have been popular in the past.

One way that the creators of framed retro art images evoke nostalgia in the viewer is by portraying objects or locations that were more common in a previous time. Catherine Jones recalls the 1950s-style diner in “Mom’s Diner” and “Ruby’s Diner.” Her “Palm Tree Diner,” interestingly, does not contain a picture of a diner as such, but rather looks like an advertisement for such a diner, with color and font choices consistent with advertisements from the 1950s.
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Framed Chicago World's Fair 1933
Chicago World's Fair 1933
by Glen C. Sheffer
30" x 38"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $311.99
Sale: $155.99
Framed Dream, Live, Today - James Dean Quote
Dream, Live, Today - James Dean Quote
 
23" x 27"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $200.99
Sale: $100.49
Framed Sunday Dinner
Sunday Dinner
by Chariklia Zarris
19" x 23"
 
Price: $149.99
Sale: $74.99
Framed Sticta
Sticta
by Rex Ray
33" x 39"
 
Price: $306.99
Sale: $153.49
Framed Carnivale (detail)
Carnivale (detail)
by Rex Ray
18" x 18"
 
Price: $126.99
Sale: $63.49
Framed Megalaria
Megalaria
by Rex Ray
56" x 32"
 
Price: $558.99
Sale: $279.49
Framed Play Shuffleboard
Play Shuffleboard
by Retro Series
16" x 16"
 
Price: $124.99
Sale: $62.49
Framed Mom's Diner
Mom's Diner
by Catherine Jones
18" x 21"
 
Price: $134.99
Sale: $67.49
Framed Kiss V, 1964
Kiss V, 1964
by Roy Lichtenstein
14" x 14"
 
Price: $122.99
Sale: $61.49
Framed Rosathoria I (detail)
Rosathoria I (detail)
by Rex Ray
18" x 18"
 
Price: $126.99
Sale: $63.49
Framed White Cloud over Purple, 1957
White Cloud over Purple, 1957
by Mark Rothko
14" x 14"
 
Price: $106.99
Sale: $53.49
Framed Lather
Lather
by Chariklia Zarris
16" x 20"
 
Price: $123.99
Sale: $61.99
Framed Wash- mini
Wash- mini
by N. Harbick
14" x 16"
 
Price: $103.99
Sale: $51.99
Framed Fold- mini
Fold- mini
by N. Harbick
14" x 16"
 
Price: $103.99
Sale: $51.99
Framed Flamenco
Flamenco
by Rex Ray
32" x 44"
 
Price: $331.99
Sale: $165.99
Framed Beaches vs. Rat Race
Beaches vs. Rat Race
by Anderson Design Group
23" x 29"
 
Price: $202.99
Sale: $101.49
Framed Baltic (detail)
Baltic (detail)
by Rex Ray
18" x 18"
 
Price: $126.99
Sale: $63.49
Framed Macilenta
Macilenta
by Rex Ray
28" x 34"
 
Price: $273.99
Sale: $136.99
Framed Green, Red, on Orange
Green, Red, on Orange
by Mark Rothko
26" x 37"
 
Price: $266.99
Sale: $133.49
Framed Cafe de Matin
Cafe de Matin
by Michael Kungl
23" x 27"
 
Price: $187.99
Sale: $93.99
Framed Drowning Girl
Drowning Girl
by Roy Lichtenstein
28" x 28"
 
Price: $264.99
Sale: $132.49
Framed Abracadabra (detail)
Abracadabra (detail)
by Rex Ray
18" x 18"
 
Price: $126.99
Sale: $63.49
Framed Strigosa (detail)
Strigosa (detail)
by Rex Ray
18" x 18"
 
Price: $126.99
Sale: $63.49
Framed Untitled, 1949
Untitled, 1949
by Mark Rothko
32" x 38"
 
Price: $302.99
Sale: $151.49
Framed Shave
Shave
by Chariklia Zarris
16" x 20"
 
Price: $123.99
Sale: $61.99
Framed Megalaria
Megalaria
by Rex Ray
44" x 26"
 
Price: $299.99
Sale: $149.99
Framed In This Home Everyone is a Star
In This Home Everyone is a Star
by Pela
18" x 21"
 
Price: $129.99
Sale: $64.99
Framed Couch
Couch
by Greg Constantine
19" x 31"
 
Price: $175.99
Sale: $87.99
Framed Ruby's Diner
Ruby's Diner
by Catherine Jones
18" x 21"
 
Price: $129.99
Sale: $64.99
Framed Ohhh...Alright..., 1964
Ohhh...Alright..., 1964
by Roy Lichtenstein
15" x 15"
 
Price: $126.99
Sale: $63.49
Framed Acapulco Two
Acapulco Two
by Rex Ray
23" x 27"
 
Price: $197.99
Sale: $98.99
Framed Sort - mini
Sort - mini
by N. Harbick
14" x 16"
 
Price: $103.99
Sale: $51.99
Framed Insanity
Insanity
by Rodney White
38" x 48"
 
Price: $397.99
Sale: $198.99
Framed Maestro
Maestro
by Rex Ray
16" x 64"
 
Price: $517.99
Sale: $258.99
Framed Jaguar C-Type
Jaguar C-Type
by Retro classics
24" x 24"
 
Price: $196.99
Sale: $98.49
Framed His- French Silk
His- French Silk
by Chariklia Zarris
16" x 20"
 
Price: $123.99
Sale: $61.99
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Retro Framed Art

Other artists take a less literal approach to re-creating the past. Rex Ray uses color, shape, and pattern to suggest a particular era, although the images themselves are abstract. His “Acapulco Two” uses predominantly red and orange in oval shapes, which is similar to the graphic style in many 1950s advertisements. Ray’s “Macilenta,” on the other hand, shows softer colors in radial patterns, making for a tie-dyed look reminiscent of the late 1960s.

Another way that framed retro wall art taps into nostalgia is by actually evoking art from previous times. Although Roy Lichstenstein painted many of his most famous pieces in the 1950s, works like “Drowning Girl” and “Masterpiece” contain a clear influence from comic books and comic strips of the 1930s and 1940s.
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