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The Apse in historic St Gregory The Great Catholic Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, restored to its original Pugin design during 2020 by Garry Kness of Pro Murals, muralartist@gmail.com
St. Gregory The Great Catholic Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, complete restoration of Cupola / Apse to original Pugin design, using stencils and gold leaf.

“Pro Murals brings together a wealth of experience and knowledge gathered over 28 years of working in mural painting and decorative art.”

Original design by Garry Kness of Pro Murals in the Lady Chapel at St Joseph's and St. Helen's Catholic Church in King's Norton Birmingham, using 23.5 ct gold leaf and durable matt acrylic paints.

What I do…

I create custom murals and produce specialist paint effects in any setting.

My skills have developed to include all forms of decorative painting, fine detailed stencil work, gold leaf and gilding, trompe l’oeil mural painting and a variety of tailor made paint effects.
I have been fortunate to work in some incredible historic buildings, in some prestigious interiors, as well as for some big businesses and interesting customers. These are varied across the public, commercial and private sectors, including Historic Buildings, Churches, Schools, Hospitals, Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Nightclubs, Shopping Centres, Museums, Galleries, Swimming Pools and Private Residences.

I aim to develop the best working relationship which in turn produces the best results in my experience.
Well used to working and liaising with other contractors and professionals to get the job done efficiently, I strive to be imaginative and creative, achieving this with impact or subtlety, working alongside the customer within a suitable time frame and budget.

With a thorough knowledge of traditional and modern techniques, I aim to select the most appropriate materials for every job to achieve the most professional results.

Link to the Portfolio of Commercial and Residential Murals Gallery.

Commercial – Residential Murals

A variety of interior mural paintings on walls and ceilings including trompe l’oeil murals, scenic painting, themed murals, company logos, restaurants, hotels, theatre and commercial business.

Link to the Portfolio of Decorative Church Painting Gallery.

Decorative Church Painting

Gold Leaf / gilding and stencil work in historic buildings and churches, restoring to their former glory, renovating and updating, using sympathetic materials.

Link to the Portfolio of Decorative Paint Finishes Gallery.

Decorative Paint Finishes

Extensive experience decorating and painting buildings and houses of all periods…Victorian and Georgian house painting, and paint repairs. Historically accurate and seamless restoration of period paint finishes and murals.

Link to the Portfolio of Gold Leaf and Gilding Gallery.

Gold Leaf Gilding

Specialist gilding and gold leafing on a variety of surfaces, including water gilding, real gold leaf, dutch metals, silver leaf, using oil based size and water based size.

Historic Restoration

Extensive experience decorating and painting buildings and houses of all periods… particularly au fait with Victorian house painting, Georgian house painting and paint repairs. Historically accurate and seamless restoration of paint finishes, murals and gold leafing in churches and chapels

School – Children’s Murals

A selection of children’s and school paintings that include exterior wall murals, large scale murals, fun kids paintings, bedroom murals, playground murals, classroom themes and staircase murals.

Some other areas of expertise include:

Faux finishes and effects – marble, wood graining, stone blockwork, marbling, textures, repairs and touch ups to damaged work, stippling, frottage, ragging, dragging, gilding, gold leaf, scumble glaze.

Furniture painting – classic, historic, modern, varnished, painted, crackle glazed, aged and worn, whole furniture schemes.

Scenic backdrops – theatre, showroom sets, commercial businesses, exhibition backdrops and scenery, events, productions, museum decoration, gallery painting.

Commercial – Company Logos, Business Identity, Business Branding, painting and decorating, corporate design.

“Pro Murals offers a variety of art services, specialist decorative painting and mural painting.”

A brief explanation of what I think a mural painting is;

A painting or piece of artwork applied to a wall, ceiling or similar surface.
It should enhance a space and bring something of value to it.

The mural artist should be sympathetic to the immediate surroundings and its architecture, often using characteristics to achieve a sense of harmony and to help the art work belong in the space.

A successful wall mural should begin with competent drawing, an evolved sense of composition and the technical ability to use colour and form.
The most successful mural artist can surprise and uplift an area, bringing joy or an unusual angle to a place.


I am happy to help with any enquiry – Feel free to contact me using the form below.

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What My Customers Are Saying

Rev Alex Austin OSB – St. Gregory The Great Catholic Church, Stratford-upon-Avon

“Garry’s work for us at St Gregory’s, the restoration of our Victorian stencilling in the apse, was a triumph. It was a huge, complex and a very demanding task and he worked tirelessly at it from beginning to end. He fought hard for the commission and fulfilled the brief superbly, listening to our needs, criticisms and suggestions and adapting accordingly. We were demanding clients and he was an excellent employee. He worked with great skill, enthusiasm and diligence. During lockdown he saved months of delay to the project by coming in and working long hours on his own to complete the work on time and to do even more than we’d  asked him at no extra cost. His finished work is breathtaking, has transformed the church and is much admired by everyone. His fee was very reasonable and naturally I recommend him highly.”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Adam – Wicksteed Leisure Ltd.

“We asked Garry to come in and create a mural environment in the playground at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Not only were the results stunning, but Garry was brilliant at involving the children and the staff at the hospital in making them feel a part of the scheme. He liaised with our other contractors very well and we will most certainly be using his services again!”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kevin Alexander – Director, MADesign

“After finding rising damp to the stencilled walls within our church, St Augustine’s, Kenilworth, the job of treating the damp and repairing the plaster was relatively straightforward , if somewhat messy.
The bigger problem was who do we get to repair the stencilling?
After contacting the Pugin Society along with various other organisations for help, we were no nearer to finding anybody.
Luckily our parish priest, Fr Kevin Hooper, knew the priest at Baddesley Clinton, who was having similar works done, and recommended Garry at Pro Murals.
As soon as I met Garry and showed him the problem I was confident we had found the right person for the job.
Garry’s attention to detail, both the intricate shapes of the stencilling and the precise colour matching was excellent.
He went to great lengths and spent endless hours getting everything perfect and the finished job could not have been better.
The repairs that Garry has carried out are identical in every way to the existing stencilling that surround them, you literally cannot see where the new finishes and the old starts.
A fantastic result all round.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

John Sharp – St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church, Baddesley Clinton

“I would highly recommend Pro Murals to anyone engaged in a renovation or restoration project. The standard of work is of a very high quality and the results are excellent.”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Afzal Hussain – Deputy Headteacher, Adderley Primary School

“The work that Pro Murals have carried out at our school is simply stunning! Garry has transformed the whole learning environment and added another dimension with his amazing talent. Children are captured by his inspirational murals as they walk through the corridors and around the playground. The artwork created by Pro Murals is always a talking point for visitors to the school and it has contributed immensely towards the school achieving the Platinum Arts Mark Award. Pro Murals are always professional and an absolute pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend them without hesitation.”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

CONTACT ME

PRO MURALS is a specialist murals, decorative painting and restoration business based in Birmingham

muralartist@gmail.com

http://www.promurals.co.uk