What is a Mural?
The word "mural" comes from the Latin
muralis meaning "of or relating to a wall",
from the root word mural in Latin meaning just "wall".
In English, the word mural means a painting
permanently fixed to a wall - either painted directly onto the wall
or painted first onto board or canvas and then fixed to the wall.
I undertake all permutations of mural:
- murals painted directly onto wall surfaces, generally
using top quality acrylic paints that do not fade
- murals painted onto canvas already stretched round a frame
for you to put straight onto your wall (smaller murals only)
- murals painted onto a roll or sheet of canvas for you to
fix straight onto your wall, using glue (a similar process
to hanging wallpaper) or fixing to battens.
- murals painted onto board for screwing to a wall. I tend
to use MDF board as it does not warp.
- murals painted onto canvas and glued onto board.
When most people think of murals, they tend to think of
trompe l'oeil* scenes depicting classical columns and Italian landscapes
carried out in a hyper-realistic style with emphasis on perspective
and visual tricks.
* trompe l'oeil means "to fool the eye".
But murals can be in any style, any size and
have any theme, from contemporary murals to traditional murals.
A large flower painted onto your chimney-breast as an eye-catching
feature is just as much a mural as a full-scale trompe l'oeil
mural. And so is an abstract painting in the style of, say, Mondrian,
in the style of Mondrian