Spanish Gallery - Spring of Life
- memento mori
MY FIRST ILLUSTRATED wallpaper
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…
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.
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.
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.