Kate is an experienced, mural painter with murals in offices and corporate head quarters, shops and churches, gardens, bed and breakfasts, restaurants and hospitals, exhibition stands, clubs and hotels as well as in many private houses and apartments.
Kate’s first restaurant commission was for Mike Gottlieb at Smollensky’s on the Strand in 1986. He was looking for a mural painter to paint in an Art Deco style: he was opening a vast basement restaurant in The Strand and wanted to make the very large bar look as if it were permanently full.
A long mural in 1930’s style, with people dancing, talking and drinking and, behind the stage, a five piece, life size jazz band… the bar was full from the minute it opened. The restaurant was refurbished in 2006 and the murals can no longer be seen there.
In the last few years projects have been as varied as – 39 canvasses for the Great Gallery of the RAC Club in Pall Mall
A sky ceiling in a private house.
Four kilometres of stripes for Bridget Riley on the 10th floor of the QEQM building at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington and annually restoring her other murals in the same hospital.
A mural based on the Luttrell Psalter for a private house in Dorset.
A large mural painted on canvas of a tropical landscape for a kitchen in London.
A trompe l’oeil bookcase for a Zoom background.
For larger projects a team of artists can be employed. Usually they are experienced mural painters themselves.
Murals are either painted on site or in the studio.
The murals painted in the studio use the marouflage technique – painting on primed canvas and applying this canvas to the wall in situ, these murals can be moved and they are durable.
How to commission a mural
First, make contact by telephone or email.
Your project can be discussed on the telephone, with a meeting and visit to the site as the next stage. At the site visit measurements are taken, and subject matter, method of painting, and timescale are discussed.
Good architectural drawings are required if the site is unfinished.
Subject Matter for Murals
The subject matter for the proposed mural can be the client’s specific idea or initiative or Kate will happily offer ideas, it often becomes an agreeable collaborative process between client and artist. Addition of personal touches are encouraged.
An estimated price can be given on the telephone before a visit, if most of the details such as size and subject are known.
Sketches for your mural will be made – often proposing more than one idea or scheme to choose from.
Two stage or three stage payment can be made.