Last year I was honoured to be invited to participate in Salon.
The Salon began in 1992 in Belgium with a small gathering of professional painters of decoration and has seen attendance grow for most of the years since. The Salon is now recognized as the most important and significant gathering of international decorative painters in the world.
The Salon is hosted in a different country each year, last year was Seattle, USA and this year it will be held in Lecce, Italy.
It is a unique event and a great opportunity to discover the world decorative painting. The public is invited to experience the quality of work present and meet the masters of their craft. A finished piece of work is submitted to Salon by the artist and then recreated before an audience of their peers and public. Each piece is created specifically for the event. My photos show some of the panels exhibited at Salon last year. There are more at Salon's website.
The Salon 2014 was hosted by Cathy Conner of Studio C, Seattle, Washington. The venue was a gorgeous old ticketing hall close to the railway station. People wandered in and out observing and chatting to the artisans. There were around 80 participants from all over the world demonstrating gilding, wood graining, marbling, trompe l' oeil and a host of other decorative skills onto a metre or so of canvas. I was the only one to travel from the UK and the only stenciller. My stencilled art deco style panel was bordered by works from Japan and the USA, the theme for Salon 2014 was Industrial Elegance or else something 'inspired' by Seattle.
There were panels featuring Pike Place Market, rain and coffee amongst other subjects.
Each year participants paint together to create a mural which is donated after the event.
Last year there were two murals and I stencilled a background for one of them using a wave stencil from our Japanese Style collection.
My panels for Salon 2015 are painted and are ready to travel to Italy with me this weekend. This time I am going with a friend and I hope to post from The Stencil Library's Instagram, Twitter or FaceBook page whilst there.