From the Great Sphinx of Ancient Egypt to Raphael’s frescoes in the Vatican and Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel, monumental art has moved audiences for thousands of years. Transforming reality, these large-scale artworks can convey powerful emotions, tell incredible stories and depict the awe-inspiring forces of nature. Or, as with Paul Kenton’s striking new Monumental collection, they can react to the world around them, metamorphosing into something unforgettable.
In this breathtaking body of original work, the internationally collected cityscape artist has expanded his repertoire to explore seascapes and landscapes on a larger scale than ever before. Painted in oils and resin on aluminium, copper, canvas and brass, the unique artworks encompass majestic oceans and mountains from across Europe, along with dynamic scenes from cities like New York.
The metallic element of his paintings has a transformative effect; in different lights, the work takes on a new life – glowing one minute and shimmering the next. Paul explains: “I’ve found that when it’s hanging in people’s houses, the light changes throughout the day as the sun rises and comes down, which actually changes the way the painting looks."
Monumental art is fantastic for creating drama and atmosphere within an office or living space. Featured art: 'Overhead', £12,500. Painted in oils and resin on aluminium, this unique original painting reflects the light beautifully.
Closely linked to architecture, monumental art has been used to decorate stone and brick throughout the ages, including during the Late Renaissance and the modern graffiti and street art movement. In recent years, it has transcended its usual surroundings in public spaces and institutions such as museums and art galleries to find its way into our homes, as seen by the current trend for monumental art in luxury London apartments and houses.
Its ability to make a statement - as witnessed at events such as Frieze London, Art Brussels and the Venice Biennale - makes it the perfect finishing touch, or even inspiration, for an interior design. Incredible textures like Paul's Impressionistic brushstrokes and metallic elements add further dimension and depth to a living space, while the visual grandeur of a large-scale artwork ensures that no matter your home décor, all eyes will be on your room.
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"Where the surface has reacted, it creates interesting effects and different colours. When they’re up on the walls, they just look insane. It’s amazing."
12/08/2020You can view our art from the comfort of your own home with our new YouTube playlists! Which video will you watch first?
15/02/2021If you’re missing the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we have just the thing to add a dynamic edge to your living space. Our spectacular release of exclusive original artworks is available now.
30/03/2021Discover our style tips for incorporating this trend into your home décor. Reflecting the light beautifully, the new limited edition cityscapes from Paul's new collection can give a luxurious feel to even the smallest of living spaces.
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