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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
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Framed Dream, Live, Today - James Dean Quote
Dream, Live, Today - James Dean Quote
 
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Framed Drowning Girl
Drowning Girl
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Framed Play Shuffleboard
Play Shuffleboard
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Framed Chemists Have All The Solutions Black
Chemists Have All The Solutions Black
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Framed Green, Red, on Orange
Green, Red, on Orange
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Framed Untitled, 1949
Untitled, 1949
by Mark Rothko
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Framed Kiss V, 1964
Kiss V, 1964
by Roy Lichtenstein
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Framed Time To Read - Wood Background Color
Time To Read - Wood Background Color
by Color Me Happy
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Framed Sunday Dinner
Sunday Dinner
by Chariklia Zarris
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Framed Masterpiece, 1962
Masterpiece, 1962
by Roy Lichtenstein
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Framed Math The Only Subject That Counts Red
Math The Only Subject That Counts Red
by Color Me Happy
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Framed Blueberry Blossoms I
Blueberry Blossoms I
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Framed Lets Go To The Lobby
Lets Go To The Lobby
by RetroPlanet
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Framed Wash- mini
Wash- mini
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Framed Retro Coffee I
Retro Coffee I
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Framed Bon Appetit Cutlery Grey
Bon Appetit Cutlery Grey
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Framed Retro Kitchen III - Just Roll With It
Retro Kitchen III - Just Roll With It
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Framed Mom's Diner
Mom's Diner
by Catherine Jones
18" x 21"
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Framed Vanguard I
Vanguard I
by Ahava
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Framed Get Shit Done 2
Get Shit Done 2
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Framed Quilting Makes Me Sew Happy Green
Quilting Makes Me Sew Happy Green
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Framed Retro Tea
Retro Tea
by Michael Kungl
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Framed Retro Kitchen I - Life Is Grate
Retro Kitchen I - Life Is Grate
by Color Me Happy
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Framed Ohhh...Alright..., 1964
Ohhh...Alright..., 1964
by Roy Lichtenstein
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Framed Baltic (detail)
Baltic (detail)
by Rex Ray
18" x 18"
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Framed Number 18, 1963
Number 18, 1963
by Mark Rothko
33" x 35"
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Framed Luau
Luau
by Rex Ray
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Framed Barbeque Hickory Smoked Corregate Metal
Barbeque Hickory Smoked Corregate Metal
by RetroPlanet
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Framed Megalaria
Megalaria
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Framed White Cloud over Purple, 1957
White Cloud over Purple, 1957
by Mark Rothko
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Framed Parmotrema
Parmotrema
by Rex Ray
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Framed Math The Only Subject That Counts Gray
Math The Only Subject That Counts Gray
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Framed Jaguar C-Type
Jaguar C-Type
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Framed Carnivale (detail)
Carnivale (detail)
by Rex Ray
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Framed 1952 Cunningham
1952 Cunningham
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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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