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The Process

Neo-Fresco - What is it?

Fresco is a system of painting where colors penetrate the plaster and become fixed as it dries. Each of these paintings starts with a wood frame. The frames, or blanks, are coated with Venetian plaster. The plaster is stained using a variety of water-based pigments to resemble a weathered outside structure such as a wall. A variety of multi-media colorants and media are used to bring to mind the spontaneity of street art in keeping with perhaps the comment of an anonymous soul interacting with his or her environment. The work is then finished with a high gloss resin glaze in order to further the illusion that perhaps the image was “rescued” from a hostile exterior environment, cleaned, processed and protected so as to acknowledge its inherent message and aesthetic properties. Each painting is absolutely unique. Themes and messages include; social commentary, nostalgic feelings and Pop iconography.

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Stained backgrounds

Each piece begins with a wooden box. The boxes are then coated with Venetian plaster. While it is wet, the plaster is then stained with a variety of pigments. Monoprinting, moving pigment with a leaf blower and a host of other techniques are used to develop the interesting surface

Additional plaster

An additional layer of plaster is often added. Images are drawn on the surface using water-soluble graphite, airbrush, stencil and acrylic.




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Resin finish

Each painting is finished with a deep gloss resin giving it unique qualities often mistaken for fired porcelain. The result is a water-resistant finish suitable for high humidity areas that wipes clean and is forever stable. The finish also contains a UV filter ensuring the brilliance of the piece will last no matter where it is located.