The craft of decorative painting, like all other trades, is in constant evolution as our clientele is become more demanding. Yesterday's definition of a decorative painter was an artisan who specialised in marbling and graining, who also did patina effects, sign paintings, and occasionally skies and landscape seneries. There was a clear line that separated Fine Arts and decorative painting, where on one side the artist was a creator and on the other side the artisan was one who embellished a space.
Today all this seems to be changing, the frontier between the two worlds is not as rigid as before, clients are more informed and search for originality, creativity and know-how. Artists are also giving it a shot by offering to paint murals, thereby pushing us decorative painters to realise the importance of perspective drawing, format and planes in order to compete with this new rival in the market. The decorative painter's craft has expanded, techniques that were once reserved to Fine Art are now being adopted; in today's image-oriented world, it becomes urgent that advanced techniques are used to offer a demanding clientele the high end work they're expecting.
This is why since several years we've been inviting accomplished artisans and master artists who come and teach their specialty courses at our school. We made the choice to broaden the range of subjects we offer to our students, even adding subjects that some may classify as fine art. We are convinced that as decorative painters we can greatly benefit by studying academic disciplines. Like any profession, our craft evolves and it's up to each one of us to lay down the foundations that will guarantee the tradition but also embrase the constant evolution of our trade.
Today, in a world that is becoming more and more complex, beauty and art matter even more!