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I had the great pleasure recently of getting an exclusive preview look at an exquisite new residence in an iconic building in Greenwich Village. My friend artist Kevin Paulsen invited me to see an impressive mural that he has created for the the dining room of the residence. You might remember that I visited an exhibition of Kevin's at Bergdorf Goodman a few years ago here on the blog. Kevin is inspired by itinerant artists who traveled the countryside creating work for customers. I really like his artwork which to me evokes a blend of folk art and nineteenth century seafaring art and Italian landscapes and the Hudson River School. He thought I might like to see his latest project.
The century-old Greenwich Village building was recently converted into luxury condos. Interior designer Glenn Gissler contacted Kevin about creating murals for the four walls of the dining room for his clients, a couple with two young children. So the itinerant artist who is based up the Hudson in Kingston, New York, came down to Manhattan. The couple, two women, suggested some themes. Back in his studio Kevin worked on muslin and synthetic plaster with soy and powdered pigment, creating a world of fantasy and charm.
When the works were complete, the four large panels were rolled up and brought down to Manhattan where they were installed in the dining room. The panels were glued to the wall and then lightly sanded, antiqued, and touched up. Now, in the dining room, which also features vintage Moroccan lamps and a dining table designed by Glenn Gissler, the murals look as if they had been there forever. They have a quality that is both monumental and light at the same time.
I love the palette of greens and browns, and the whimsical nature of the scenery –
Kevin used the motif of pearls throughout the tableau, as seen in this detail shot –
The white pearls add an incandescent touch to the darker, more melancholy colors –
Two women at play –
The itinerant artist, Kevin himself, returning home from work –
A lone figure flies away in a balloon –
Yours truly with the artist –
A view from the dining room out to the front hall and the front door –
What a beautiful way to live.