Architectural Interior Design: Murals, Ceilings and Faux Finishes
by Barbara Slate and Richard Minsky
Project: Château in France, 1997
Including ceiling and wall murals, faux marble column bases and tops

Ceiling murals and faux finishes for bar room.

Above: Installation views. Click on any picture for a larger set.

Below: There are eight ceiling panels, each with a life-size figure. Six are reproduced here. Barbara Slate drew and colored the original maquettes, and Richard Minsky executed the paintings in oil on Belgian linen with gold and white gold leaf. The paintings were done in the Minsky studio on Bleecker Street in New York and shipped to France, where they were installed by an expert marrouflage technician. Click on any picture to see larger full views and details.

   Detail of ceiling mural for shower.
Oil on linen canvas.

The feeling when you look up at the ceiling is that you are under water looking toward the surface, with its interplay of light and shadow. Fish are swimming in all directions. The painting was created and executed by Minsky in a studio on the grounds of the Chateau while the ceiling to the left was being installed.

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Minsky at work on mural in massage room.

Minsky painting massage room mural

The scene goes around all the walls, and creates the feeling of floating on a lake surrounded by mountains at dusk. The stars are gold leaf. Minsky created this mural directly on the wall of the room.

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Barbara Slate also created a maquette of a huge mural of Noah's Ark for this commission that was executed by six master painters over a two year period. Photos of this will be added to this page as soon as they are available.

Guest Book for the Château 
Blank book of various vintage handmade papers and sheepskin parchment. Bound by Minsky 1994
20" x 16"

Click on the picture to see several views and details of this guest book, with information about how it was made.

Faux marble column tops & bases.
Acrylic and polyurethane on wood.

The bases are interpreted from green marble in the floor pattern, and above the column caps and along the ceiling molding is faux white marble.

Click on either photo to see a page with larger views of the faux finishes.



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