the paravent

The hand-painted Paravent (screen / room divider) front left design. This is photographed before delivery to the woodworker.

 

The budgerigar to the left is hand drawn. On the right is my vector drawing of that. This process can take 8-12 hours. I used a combination of projection and stencils to outline the design onto the panels, before painting.

The top 2 images are the back Paravent design, the bottom the front. This are vector drawings based of my hand-sketch. Approx 100 hours of drawing at this stage. Artwork was shown to client for approval. Then, I began the process of hand painting onto 16 x 2’ x 6’ birch panels.

These are the 16 hand-painted panels, photographed before the woodworker does his magic.

Original color palette and inspiration. The Peacock Photograph.

Certificate of Authenticity, printed onto hand dyed paper, wax sealed with my signature. I devised a family motto to be pass down the generations, as a modern day family heirloom. A poem draft was produced at the artwork stage. The Pavavent design is a visual response to the poem.

Hand dying the the paper for the Certificate of Authenticity.

how the commission started…

I was contacted by Felix Pfeifle who was creating an intriguing space within a private home. The salon. Where in-between The Paravent artwork is a window. Outside the window sits a full sized coral tree within a green landscape. To the left of The Paravent is a huge photograph of a glorious stuffed peacock sitting in a french interior.

Original room sketch courtesy of Felix Pfeifle from Office of Cultural Design.

Felix Etienne-Edouard Pfeifle is quite an extraordinary and not your typical “decorator” he is an architect, landscape artist and interior designer.

He approached me to paint The Paravent, which essentially were 4 x 8’ x 6’ murals. Our first woodwork literally dumped the birch wood panels on my door without sanding or filling, we fired him. So I took on the challenge to sand all 360 sides to 800 grit. 2 coats of gesso, 3 primer and 4 of the base blue were applied.

Industrial sanding - work in progress.

Next stage, to outline the design onto the panels.

I have used stencils on the two centre panels both sides. As the artwork mirrors at the centre, the stencils make it easy to control the symmetry.

Above are the 16 hand-painted panels. Below are detailed photographs.

This was after the delivery to the client. The oversized parrot next to the original inspiration The Peacock Photograph. At this stage all panels are handed over to the meticulous new woodworker Jack Richardson. He will hinge, frame and add feet to the bottom. TBC…

This was after the delivery to the client. The oversized parrot next to the original inspiration The Peacock Photograph. At this stage all panels are handed over to the meticulous new woodworker Jack Richardson. He will hinge, frame and add feet to the bottom. TBC…