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Picture of the Spanish gallery with it's illustrated wall paper

Spanish Gallery - Spring of Life

  • wallpaper
  • pattern
  • memento mori


It is our second collaboration with StudioMB, and it is always a great joy to work with Stuart Fraser & the team. After the Al Salam Palace Museum in Kuwait, I was now asked to create an illustration for The Spanish Gallery walls on memento mori theme. The gallery is the UK's largest collection of 16th and 17th-century Spanish artworks outside London. It includes work by El Greco, Murillo and Velazquez… 

memento mori illustrated wall paper for the Spanish gallery
the rose for the Spanish gallery wall paper

the rose

Wall paper illustrated by Swindler & Swindler for the Spanish Gallery

The illustration would be set on the Spring of Life room, a room dedicated to the futility of life, the well known art theme Memento Mori. What a tremendous theme ! 

Superb yet already faded roses, iris, and carnation, punctuated here and there by spiders and dragonflies.

the lily

Black and white illustration of a lily for the Wall paper illustrated by Swindler & Swindler for the Spanish Gallery

Drawing a pattern for a wallpaper was also a first for me. And I must say I'm pretty pleased by the result. No weird feeling of static pattern, or hard symmetry. I created three different panels with a some variations (bumblebee & petals) to give a bit more movement. Everything finds its place quite properly on the hatched background.

Sketch of a sweet william
pattern created for the Spanish gallery wall paper by Swindler & Swindler

This last picture is so dramatic with it's chiaroscuro effect I love it. It almost feels like we are immersed in one of the painting of the gallery.  

Photo credit to StudioMB

dramatic photo of the Spanish gallery with the illustrated wall paper