While Ive been developing the new work for upcoming exhibitions I took on the challenge of a small mural commission for a local performance group. The mastermind has a fascinating shop called Mikes Werkstatt which specialises in 1920's antiques and other strange paraphernalia.
Mike and Christian are the masterminds who are creating a touring music performance and puppetry show. Of course they need a stage to perform on during their travels around Austria. So I painted a mural of a basic stage for them, in my new studio. Additionally they are building and carving a gypsy travelling caravan which will be pulled by horses, of whom they have also learnt to rear and train.
They are also involved in a documentary production about the journey of their travelling troupe dreams. Ive already been filmed while painting the mural and may end up appearing in the final cut. HERE is the first of several videos on YouTube about the Figura Magica adventure.
Below is a small colour study mockup of the overall design as well as the individual panels which are painted in acrylic at full size.
The complete mural is more than 4 metres in height and 3.5 metres wide. Mike and Christian will add all kinds of other interesting additions to this basic mural set up including curtains, lanterns, puppets and moving parts as well fully developed real gold leaf elements.