What is Gallery Wrap?
Gallery wrap is a method of stretching an artist's canvas so that the canvas wraps around the sides (Stretcher Bar or strainer bars) and is secured to the back of the wooden frame. The frame is usually 1.25" thick. As a result, the hardware (staples or tacks) used to secure the canvas is not visible. The sides of the canvas are prepared and primed in the same manner as the face. They may then be painted a solid color or 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 or photograph.
In canvas printing, the term gallery wrap refers to an image that appears on the sides of the frame as well as the front. The image on the sides is either a continuation or a reflection of the main image, or an otherwise fabricated element such as a solid color or colors derived from the adjacent image.
Gallery wrap is a very popular way to display art. However, because the edges of the canvas are wrapped over the thick bars, approximately two inches of the image (top, bottom, and sides) are not visible from the front. If the subject of an image or painting is sized and positioned correctly, the image will not be negatively affected.
However, in some situations photo editing techniques are employed to fabricate additional image/material or mirror existing content to be presented on the wrapped edges. Solid colours can also be used on the wrapped edges.