Often employing the techniques known as ‘Trompe L’oeil’, I use traditional oil-based paints to create illusionary scenes to interior walls and ceilings. These examples are from a large house in Ramsgate, Kent, where the very exacting client requested an Italianate fantasy interior to her rebuilt first floor bathroom, dressing room and bedroom.

Ceiling of dressing room in Ramsgate House
Ceiling of dressing room in Ramsgate House

The Work

The walls were marked out as warm coloured stone blocks with the upper level becoming a cornice and the ceiling open to the sky. Small vistas were painted in the bathroom alcoves and vines creep over the ceiling in places. Lastly, a Trompe L’oeil stone window frame overlooks a sunrise scene. Downstairs a blanked out window aperture had a scene of typical Italian pot plants on a balcony and the small bathroom was painted as a Mediterranean sea and sky with darting swallows.

Kent and Canterbury Hospital has a children’s ward with a Teddy Bears Picnic scene.
Latest large scale ‘mural’ work was a 2.5 metre wide scene on canvas of racing at Brookland’s for Blue Diamond Garage, Bicester Heritage (see me painting this work on the About Julian page).