A lobby I am doing, in progress. Upper West Side, Manhattan. This is a huge lobby, here shown only a piece. I am doing all the panels, raised moldings, walls, railings, etc etc…..many of my students ( and even assistants) can do a finish in something the size of one panel….then are paralyzed to think of any more than that…. it is totally different thing altogether to try a large ( or in this case, massive) area, with inlays, mouldings, crowns, etc etc. To keep it perfect and clean…and remember that this is a public area …and the walls are quite high, the work so extensive….
An old project…had the full crew at work on this. Pictus made a gigantic painted sisal floor ( this was three sisal rugs sewn together!) and the patterns were abstracted from ancient vestments, etc. The piece was so big we couldn’t fit it in the clients’ Ballroom! Part was always ‘up the wall’…or folded….
A surprise, yesterday. This project I did with the A.D.100 great Samuel Botero, for the legendary restauranteur Ormando Orsini….We did the walls in a swirl of orange-reds, and Sam’s original concept was to spray paint words around the place. Ormando was against the use of graffiti-like forms, so I suggested perhaps pieces of poems….When they discovered I was a published poet,everyone felt confident that it would be the way to go. My team and I cut stencils of endless fonts, in various sizes, and fragments from Dante and Shakespeare to Leonard Cohen went all over the restaurant. Words even made it to the huge glass partition, and the custom fabric for the chairs. It was widely published, but I’d never seen these shots till now.
Someone recently asked how I began Pictus- what were the projects like? For one thing, there was a lot more Faux Marble! I love doing it, the amount of depth one can show is fascinating…and I learned from ‘old-timers’ who had some super-creative approaches- due to the limitations of materials. There are more limitations now, as most materials have changed due to VOC laws, and so many other factors…But I still do them, and faux marble and faux bois are still big loves for me…..
This folding screen was painted after the Visconti-Sforza deck, the 15th century Tarot that is one of, if not THE oldest known…and the most famous. I had an old deck that I gold-leafed (where it is ‘gold’, of course)….So, one day my client needed a folding screen, and the deck came to mind….Later, It was my clients’ idea to turn the decorative screens into a long table…