Mural’s Wedding: A Painter’s Journey To Backing
The story of mural painter Paul Montgomery’s hand-painted custom wallpaper panels for home and hospitality.
I s it kismet when a company calls you with expansion plans for your business? If so, Paul Montgomery might be a believer. Several years ago, a Chinese-based hand-painted wallpaper studio contacted Paul and asked if they could reproduce some of his custom murals. Montgomery, a professional mural artist, was working for celebrity clients, luxury private residences, and servicing the hospitality industry creating history-inspired works. With the partnership of the two companies, it was a perfect marriage of Montgomery’s creativity and the Chinese studio’s bespoke production.
Today, the Belfast-born artist’s studio produces eight collections containing more than 250+ patterns made accessible to a wider audience. The Paul Montgomery Studio currently has sixteen showrooms and five regional sales representatives in ten countries. The company is known for producing customized works of art from hand-painted Chinoiserie to European Panoramic. Each work is painted on a variety of backings, including: canvas, silk, foil, and paper. The murals are priced per panel and vary depending on material and time to reproduce the print. Custom murals start at $5,000 USD.
By age twelve, Montgomery was well traveled, being a “army brat.” His family traveled and lived around Europe and the US. Then, at the impressionable age of fifteen, Paul experienced the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, UK. The Chinoisiere grandeur of the building would have a lasting impact on the young artist, and remains a key influence for him today. “Being in that building, as you can imagine, was like experiencing a colorful fantasy–transporting you to another world.” It was contemporary Realist artist, Andrew Wyeth’s work, that would influence Paul’s own dry-brush technique. He studied the artist while attending Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, FL.
So, if you receive a call from half-way around the world, maybe you should answer.
Visit Paul Montgomery Studio at: http://paulmontgomery.com