Downtown Yellow Skyline
Acrylic stretched canvas finished with three coats of varnish
50 x 81 cm
Alan Yaffe is a man with a vision. As a dispensing optician for over 30 years, his entire career was devoted to helping people see clearly. And although he established a successful business and found his work rewarding, Alan always knew it wasn’t his destiny. His harboured desire was to create works of art for people to look at – abstract art. In 2014 Alan decided to sell his ophthalmic practice and launch himself into a new career as a professional artist. It was a brave and bold decision but, in his mid-fifties, he considered it was “now or never”!
Alan lives in Manchester and works from the comfort of his home studio. Just two years on, Alan’s mid-life career change has brought him unimagined success as an emerging self-taught artist – and he really didn’t see it all coming so quickly. Alan has been creating abstract art as a hobby for the last 15 years. He was initially inspired to put paint on the canvas after seeing some abstract work in a prominent Manchester gallery. He developed his style using high-quality acrylic paint on gallery-grade canvas, often combining the colour with different mediums to produce various effects and finishes.
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Many of the pieces at Smolensky Gallery have the option to add a hand-crafted frame.
Our Framing Service
Our experts will cut, join and assemble each frame by hand to the exact dimensions of your artwork, creating your perfect finished work of art, ready to hang on your wall.
Some of our framing options may be more suitable for your artwork than others. For expert advice on the best way to frame, give us a call:
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Your Framing Options
Box framing is provided with all our online framing, creating a distance between the glass and your artwork, so no risk of ink transfer to the pane. it's the perfect, gallery grade choice for limited edition prints or original artworks.
Shadow float mounting is an option at our website, to give the appearance of an artwork floating within the frame. The mount – an archival foam core – creates depth too, by casting a shadow beneath the artwork. We highly recommend using a float mount when framing artwork with deckled (hand-torn) edges.
As always, all our materials are sustainable and archival to keep your artwork in mint condition and perfectly presented. Simply choose from our white or black float framing options, before adding to basket.
Glazing all our framing orders are shipped with glass. We take great care with packaging to protect your artwork.
Alternatively, for added piece of mind, we've the option of gallery grade cast acrylic, offering superb clarity and protection.
If you would prefer acrylic or other options such as ornate frames or UV protection, please call our gallery team on +44 (0)7799 165062 for a quote, or message us at the bottom right of this page.
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