Exterior art murals painted on the facades of buildings are becoming very popular in North America and parts of Europe. In many cases the murals are commissioned by town and city councils as part of an effort to revitalize older urban areas. In Canada, the town in the west which has gained fame for its numerous exterior building murals in recent years is Chemainus on Vancouver Island.
I came across this mural in Sussex on my recent trip to eastern Canada, and as luck would have it the artist himself, Ken White, was just putting the finishing touches on his design on the side of this store, one of several commissioned by the town council. Ken White lives in Wiltshire, England, and travels around the world painting murals on commission in such diverse locales as playground and factory walls, recording studios, public houses and aeroplanes. Interior murals of his include works in gymnasiums and leisure complexes, shopping arcades, and museums. His style is tailored to suit the client and location, ranging from trompe l'oeil to impressionism or abstract.
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Emile (20350) 2006-11-24 23:49
Very interesting information you are giving us with this shot and your excellent note, I didn't know that this is taking place in several cities in USA and Europe. I think it's a great idea to try to revitalized certain old areas of different cities.
Your picture is a good example. Good work.
Well done and TFS.
robertosalguero (246) 2006-11-24 23:50
Hello John. I like how everything around the building looks darker while the building itself radiates so much color and light. Excellent shot of the artist doing his job. Nice work with this composition and TFS.
Marche (4307) 2006-11-25 2:17
Un peu chargé cet "art murals painted", par contre le photographe a bien saisi ce mur qui semble irréelle et contrastant avec l'environnement.
Je trouve bien vu le fait que tu es pris le peintre en action.
Une image d'une grande netteté, et une note intéressante.
leo61 (0) 2006-11-25 2:18
Good shot of this nice painted house.
Good composition with the people on the path and nice late afternoon ligfht.I like how the nice house is framed by the dark colors.
JPlumb (3159) 2006-11-25 2:27
Hi John, With the setting sun, you've got this with very good light on the front of the store, presenting a very good depiction of the mural. You've put together a very good note. I've learned something today.
Graal (95561) 2006-11-25 2:40
interesting scene by facade, good captured, nice architecture, great colours. I like the composition also. Well done photo.
P-S-I-G (25532) 2006-11-25 2:49
Good POV and very well composed with this man on the scale. Good framing and note interesting.
sam224 (6215) 2006-11-25 3:30
Good colours and contrast for this one: the yellow facade contrasts well with the deppe blue sky as background. The man painting adds life to the picture.
Thanks for sharing
chrisnet (21088) 2006-11-25 3:46
Interesting view here, the façade of this house is very well painted. Good framing and colors. Well done.
Gerrit (44685) 2006-11-25 4:00
Interesting object. I like the 'working on it' aspect.
The deep colours nd the POV are splendid.
rosaline (0) 2006-11-25 4:17
I must confess I don't see any murals in my neighbourhood! But there are a few impressive ones, dotted around London. I like this one, as the warm beige colour comes shining through. Good colour saturation and pov. Nice shot for the weekend.
Paolo (41222) 2006-11-25 4:32
Hi John, good view, colorful and with a great quality and light.
unfortunally, here in Milan, we have an opposite problem. we have too teenagers that painted walls and facades (also mounments, churches, cathedral and statues!) with spry. tags, murales, phrases..words...all Milan is totally painted but that young ***holes...
it's one of the big problem of the city. many my friends from all around europe or north america told me that they never visited a city so totally painted on walls and facades!
papagolf21 (83432) 2006-11-25 4:56
Excellente idée, John, de nous présenter ces peintures en trompe-l'oeil. Celles-ci ont le mérite d'apporter de la gaieté à un mur ordinaire et de laisser place à une création artistique du meilleur goût.
Très belle présentation.
PixelTerror (0) 2006-11-25 4:57
This one is quite different from your usual style, but I don't think any photographer could resist to such a splendid light ! The contrasts are splendid and the passing ladies give scale, not sure about the man on the ladder though...
Have a nice week end,
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-11-25 5:02
Lovely wall. Beautiful light and colours. Nice composition, although I think the sky is a bit too dark ;).
coco (30439) 2006-11-25 5:32
Good note and also shows to us perfectly what we can see in the photo.
Thanks for share.
ChrisJ (94828) 2006-11-25 5:54
A superb warm vs cold color opposition of the blue sky & yellow ochre facade of the fg building. Excellent note & sharpness. Tfs!
Muse (34938) 2006-11-25 7:59
C'est une manière originale d'égayer les façades.
Un commentaire intéressant sur cette manière de faire.
Un bon cadrage et de jolies couleurs.
Floydian (30970) 2006-11-25 8:07
Fantastic piece of art, and photographed very well in perfect light. High contrast and deep saturated colours, just my kind of taste...perfect.
Have a nice weekend, Henk
syd1946 (18663) 2006-11-25 10:23
Great subject to take a shot.Most of all I like the excellent handled of light,then the pov you choose to see the whole scene and the textures on the building.Very interesting appraoch indeed,excellent photographic result!
feather (51130) 2006-11-25 10:25
An unusual post from you John, but very interesting; I find it fascinating. I am guessing this is trompe l'oeil and not statues, although the shadows seem to be in the same direction as the real ones so I could be wrong. I like how the light on the facade is giving the building such prominence in the darker surroundings. Good work.
jwmunro (286) 2006-11-25 10:43
Hello John -
Is this truly a mural or highlighting? If it is a mural it is so real looking it is amazing. This is a well crafted image. It looks like you hit the polarizer just a touch too hard with the overly dark sky. Well done, again.
Thank you for sharing
xavshot (69835) 2006-11-25 11:10
très joli cadrage de cette peinture. La lumière la met bien en valeur. Belles couleurs également
Fis2 (82320) 2006-11-25 11:27
Interesting facade, curious building. I like the frame and colors. Good light. Wel done.
plimrn (21344) 2006-11-25 13:01
Oh very well done, John!! It seems you caught the artist on the ladder; your detail is so perfect, it's really hard to tell where the mural ends and the background on your photo begins. Regards, Pat
Cricri (101805) 2006-11-25 13:30
Voilà une jolie façon d'attirer le regard, de belles couleurs, et beaucoup de détails pour le plaisir des yeux, belle scéne du peintre en plein travail, un cadrage et des couleurs parfaites, une note intéressante.
Cormac (26545) 2006-11-25 16:23
This is one of the most elaborate murals that I've seen, and so bright! At first glance you can even be confused about what is the building and what is the mural. The man on the ladder is a nice touch showing the nature of what we are looking at. Well done!
peter1892 (1681) 2006-11-25 17:06
Hi John - something different from you, and something that shows us a little feature of this place. Great timing in being able to include the artist at work on this site, it's a colourful & eye catching item. The light is good & the polariser really darkens the sky & enhances the colours of the mural istelf.
Ann75 (0) 2006-11-25 22:55
This is such a beautiful shot of the amazing artwork. You managed the light and the colours so perfect here which brings out all the beautiful details of the mural. Great composition with great perspective! Fantastic work, John!
AiresSantos (56155) 2006-11-26 2:59
Excellent note for this very gorgeous composition. I like this one, great colours and light very well managed.
TFS and greetings,
jmdaoudal (82) 2006-11-26 4:30
This is an interesting mural paint and artist creation, some kind of "pavillon de chasse".
Colorfull and well shown with the fountain, there is also the size of the painter in front of "trompe l'oeil" as he is "printed" in front of what should be a monumental facade.
Serie about New Brunswick is a nice one, this is a great place, but still make me think that this place was Acadia before a negociation between France and England which costed a lot of desagrements to the Cajun and Brittany's natives leaving there... An unfair deportation of French natives been also organised by England Crown... But as you know we have problems with our neighbourgs since they burned Joan of Arc. Fortunatly we are the best now at rugby football.
jdwyer264 (1082) 2006-11-26 4:37
Another great shot John. At 1st and 2nd glance this appears to be a building front, not an intricate paint job. Its amazing, though I have to be honest as it is America they have done it again, gone over the top that is.
Please see what you think of my more subtle external European paint jobs for streets and buildings.
Please excuse my lack of points, there were just too many great photos today I had to critique before I found this one, will return tomorrow.
Bye for now.
jhm (135732) 2006-11-26 6:04
What a interesting picture taken with lovely weather, I like how everything around the building looks darker while the building itself radiates so much colour and light.
Very interesting information you are giving us with this shot and your excellent note. Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day,
cam (9041) 2006-11-26 7:44
Yes,we are seing these more and more.There are a few interresting one in Sherbrooke and Quebec city,retracing a bit of our history.hey gives a local a more pleasant look and they are respected by the graffiti artist who never deface them.
Your picture gives the impression to the walker that he is somewhere else,in another time and country.
Have a good day
cessy (13647) 2006-11-26 14:26
woww.. the light and colors are outstanding
great capture of this mural art, John
I saw many of this art around europe, but seems different from the one you show here
PJE (20758) 2006-11-26 15:54
Hello John. On the west coast of Canada one would likely see some nature capture in contrast to this traditional concept of building design here. The artist who drew this is very skilled and my first impression was this was real to say the least. Wonderful work indeed. I do hope to visit Chemainus in the next year to capture some of those murals too. Nice work John!
atus (15838) 2006-11-26 18:31
very well captured and composed shot of this nice mural painting. Very good pov and perspective with the sidewalk included in the frame. Well managed harsh light and well saturated, strong colors. Well done!
Tfs and best wishes.
danielswalsh (13593) 2006-11-26 20:26
This mural reminds me of the ones found in Chemainus on Vancouver Island, and now startign to pop up in other communities such as Port Alberni.
Now seeing this one- it seems to be a 'Canada-wide' theme. Nice to see- and hopefully it doesn't end up getting 'tagged' by graffiti artists!
Nice exposure, good clarity and detail.
All the best John!
singuanti (15250) 2006-11-26 22:42
Hi John. This is a simple yet very beautiful picture. The more you look at the more activity you see going on. I like the colors a lot. tfs John.
anesugur (18789) 2006-11-27 2:44
The colors, light and details are great...
Best wishes. Uğur
riclopes (35577) 2006-11-27 3:09
You know John, this is something that I can imagine my self doing someday. I would give up of architecture and would paint façades, all over the world...
This is a very striking photo. The way that yellow mural stands out on this image is quite impressive. The artwork seems an outstanding one and it's dificult to figure out what's real and what's painted. Your composition is excellent, as usual a studied one and it's nice to see the artist in there, finishing the last details. A diferent and interesting post. Very well done!
Didi (55145) 2006-11-27 6:06
What I like here is the contrasts of the yellow with the blue in the background.
Very interesting indeed.
jemaflor (81264) 2006-11-27 13:09
Original house, great light and colours and well taken with the painter and people walking, a good composition very well seen.
Rosa_d_MonteLua (1506) 2006-11-27 14:04
Strong composition in colors and contrast!
Fine definition and sharpness, too.
TFS and have a nice week!
jafadabret (56501) 2006-11-27 14:07
John, la photo est remarquable et enfin on voit un artiste-peintre de mur à l'oeuvre. Jaime les couleurs qui donnent leur maximum sous cette belle lumière. J'ai ajouté ce cliché au thème "Trompe-l'oeil".
imrek (4) 2006-11-28 8:06
the yellow house gives a superb contrast with dark blue sky, i like contrastful colours...well done!!!
Stepan (27210) 2006-11-28 14:23
I don't remember to have already seen such a subject in your gallery. Makes that original !
On a technical aspect, it well realized, especially thanks to this beautiful light.
siolaw (38052) 2006-11-29 7:28
A good view of that facade lit by a great light... strong contrast making it stand out even more on the darkblue sky..
JCG (35129) 2006-11-29 14:29
Original and interesting photograph. This horn-the eye contrasts well with this splendid blue sky. This painter has an obvious artistic gift, I like very much graphics and the relief. A quite luminous composition and a good clearness. Pretty work, cheer John.
Davidwh (3662) 2006-12-01 3:16
Beautiful light on the facade of the building.It stands out so much in the image that it has given me the illusion that the building is only 2D...a canvas for the painter.What an unusual and interesting lifestyle this Ken White lives (sadly not a relation of mine!)Great stuff....keep well.
- Copyright: John Cherrington (john_c) (24662)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-10-01
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Canon 20D, 58mm circular polarizer
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Trompes l'oeil, Street Photography [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-11-24 23:36