Murals as a way to decorate your “Stronghold”.

The mural painting of modern times varies from one city to another and from one country to another. Have you ever seen murals? Do you like them? If you have never seen them I’ll show you some of the best, if you don’t like them I’ll try to show you that it’s really beautiful and amazing kind of art. Actually, a mural is any piece of artwork, which was painted on a wall, ceiling, floor or other surface. Murals date back to Upper Paleolithic times and many ancient murals have survived. Today murals are painted in a great variety of ways. People use oil and water-based paints. Not only technique varies but also the styles. It can be something from abstract pictures to trompe-l’œil masterpieces. Trompe-l’œil is a French term for “fool” or “trick the eye”. It’s an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects appear in three dimensions, instead of actually being a two-dimensional painting. Murals can be printed and painted. I’d like to talk about painted as they are more natural, as I think.

Murals have different purposes from advertising to attractive. Advertising murals were traditionally painted onto buildings and shops. Most of rural towns use murals to create tourist attractions in order to increase economic income. Murals can be public and private. Many people just like to express their individuality that is why they pay to an artist to paint a mural in their home. People create most of private murals for bathrooms, dining rooms, living rooms or children’s bedrooms. You can see public commissions on the walls of schools, hospitals, restaurants. These pictures help to achieve a pleasing and welcoming atmosphere.

Below you’ll see some amazing murals which I found.

For example, that one – “BUFFALO TWINS” is painted on the theme of unity and diversity, as part of the cooperative centennial project in Lloydminster. It was created by Louis Lavoies. This mural mosaaic is not one work it’s a composite of the works of over 300 artists, who contributed small equal sized pictures. No one knew that the end result would be seen only when all pictures will be gathered together.

This mural you can find in Memphis, Tennessee. Where exactly? – In downtown Memphis, on the eastern side of the Toof Building. Its author is Thomas R Machnitzki. It was painted by Chicago mural artist Jeff Zimmerman. The mural “A Note of Hope” is the tallest piece of public art in the city. It’s impossible not to notice vivid colors and every time you look at it you can notice something new. “A Note of Hope” is a great example of Memphians teaming up to transform something bare and ugly into something interesting and beautiful.

We’ve already spoken about the style called trompe l’oeil. Now you have to see some works in which this style is used. Above some works of John Pugh, a specialist in 3D effect Murals, are represented. At first glance, it looks as if some natural disaster has shaken away the walls of these buildings to reveal architecture hidden for thousands of years. All these masterpieces can be found in such cities of California as Los Gatos, Chico and some other.  John Pugh’s breathtaking 3d murals are now on show at various places around the world.

I hope you liked this article.

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