Trompe l'oeil coffered ceiling with Tiepolo inspired sky, angels and cherubs. Ceiling mural, New York City.

Classical Murals

J M W Turner "Sunset over a lake" detail.
Detail of canvas, after Turner’s “Sunset Over A Lake”, the paintings dimensions altered to double the length of the original picture.

Murals reflecting European traditions.

Above all we are following a long worldwide tradition of decorative painting of our dwellings, from caves to palaces featuring Classical murals and also humbler abodes. 

Mural painters have been embellishing their own and others residences for many many centuries.

There is a new theory that the very early mural artists, who were decorating caves were female.  This is based on the size of the hand silhouettes of the artists, which may represent their signatures.

Therefore, Kate is one of many carrying on a long tradition of decorative painting stretching back over many centuries, with her use of classical murals and trompe l’oeil combined. 

History of Mural Painting – classical murals

Particularly, when travelling through southern Europe, particularly Italian, Bavarian, Austrian and Silesian regions evidently many buildings have been decorated by mural artists inside and out.  

More recently patterns on the outside of buildings have been used from the 13th Century onwards.

Mural painters using traditional types of imagery of repeatedly decorating walls with designs based on nature and the human form inside and outside even simple houses.

You will find decorative painters have been everywhere. 

Giuseppe Castiglione – early perspective in China

A 17th Century mural artist called Giuseppe Castiglione went to China at as a  Jesuit missionary, they had been requested by the Imperial Court to find European artists to paint murals. 

Thus, Castiglione was known as Lang Shining in China, he and his compatriots astounded the Emperor by the understanding and application of perspective. 

Particularly seen in his painting of wisteria on a ceiling where the trompe l’oeil flowers cascade away from you changing form as they pass underneath.

Commissioning A Mural

More recently murals are having a renaissance. 

Whether in the form of vinyl sticker murals from the local DIY centre, wall paper murals or engaging a mural artist.

Consequently, if you are commissioning a mural artist to paint a personal mural for you, it is part of a long tradition.  Murals continue to enhance the interiors of today.

As a mural artist, placed in the centre of Eastern and Western mural painting traditions. Kate has developed mural painting techniques which incorporate trompe l’oeil, classical murals, decorative painting motifs and painting styles from other era’s and nations. 

She successfully combines these techniques, (as with the classical mural with Tiepolo sky) to produce murals that are decorative, technically correct and broadly reflect techniques of past traditions of mural painters and artists.