This is Sky Blue
Hello. We’re a picture framing shop and art gallery in Bristol BS6.
For more than 25 years, we’ve been setting the standard for custom picture framing in Bristol and surrounding areas.
Our team specialises in creating bespoke, handcrafted frames for homeowners, businesses, art collectors, galleries and artists.
In our gallery, we offer a collection of beautiful artworks on paper, with many by local artists.
What’s important to us
At Sky Blue, our love for art and craftsmanship shines through in everything we do. From the art in our gallery to the frames we craft for you.
Whether it’s an original artwork, a beautiful photograph, or a sentimental item like your child’s first shoes, we understand the importance of the memories and emotions they represent.
Our approach is simple: we work with precision and care to create the perfect frame to showcase and protect the things you love.
With a focus on quality, craftsmanship and customer service, we like to make the process of choosing art and framing a personal and enjoyable experience.
Our story revolves around art, paint, woodwork – and springer spaniels.
In 1998, Mike Ogden, an artist, set a goal to provide the best artisan picture framing service in Bristol. With his professional framing skills and an artist’s eye for colour, it was a natural next step.
From the outset we focused on custom, hand crafted frames made from bare wood, which could be hand coloured with paints and stains to produce a unique finish.
At the time, few framers in Bristol offered this and instead relied on factory finished mouldings.
Our reputation for quality, hand finished framing spread.
In 2006 we relocated from our Redland workshop to our shop on North View, Westbury Park, complete with a gallery to showcase Mike’s paintings and prints.
Fast forward and our team has grown along with the range of art and framing we offer. But our aim remains the same: to help you proudly display in your home or office the things that bring you joy.
Why the springer spaniel?
Ever since we opened our gallery on North View, Mike’s adorable spaniel Poppy, welcomed customers with her infectious enthusiasm.
Her painted portrait has become a part of our business identity. We believe that a spaniel’s energy and enthusiasm perfectly represent our passion for art and framing.
Things we’re proud about
We’re members of the Fine Art Trade Guild and work in line with its high standards for conservation framing and publishing art.
And, we’re chuffed to be five times winner or finalist of the Fine Art Trade Guild National Framing Award.
It’s our customers and local community of art lovers and makers that make what we do special.
When we can, we try to give a little back. From supporting local art trails and exhibitions to taking part in the Shaun In City and Gromit Unleashed events, raising £45,500 for Bristol’s Children’s Hospital.
Meet the team
Our friendly team are highly skilled craftspeople who are either artists themselves or have a background in the creative industries.
Mike set up Sky Blue in 1998 after a good few years as an illustrator.
He oversees the gallery and workshop and you’re likely to meet him when you come in for advice about framing. He has decades of framing experience and art knowledge to share.
Outside of work, Mike is an artist and you can see his fine art prints in our gallery.
He spends any free time doing far too many DIY projects and exploring Britain’s coastline with his spaniel, Bluebell, never far away.
Favourite living artist: Grayson Perry, Artist, Writer & Broadcaster
Henry joined the team in 2017 having done an illustration degree. He has exceptional framing skills and attention to detail. Not surprisingly, he’s our whizz at framing 3D objects and sports shirts.
In his free time, he enjoys creating artwork inspired by his love of mythology and wildlife, bookmaking and watching rugby.
Favourite living artist: Carne Griffiths, Artist
Josh is the newest member of the team. Before joining Sky Blue he worked at a picture framing shop in Vancouver, Canada.
He studied photography at Leeds and spends much of his spare time out with his camera and skateboarding – although not doing both at the same time.
Favourite living artist: Mitch Dobrowner, Photographer.