Not long ago, personal homes were outfitted by designers with stylized furniture, window trims, and flooring, as well as with murals and detailed finishes on the walls. Today, however, while the other items will still receive much thought and precedence, the walls are often neglected in favor of modern white shades.

Whatever happened to those warm and inviting spaces of old, where no space was empty, and everything served a purpose? Enter Grahame Menage. His over 30 years of experience have culminated from his studies at the Bristol Old Vic Theater School, to his many years working as a scenic artist for the Welsh National Opera, the National Theater of Great Britain, and London’s Westbridge studios.  He ha s also worked on scenes  for over three dozen movies such as, “The Dresser,” “Gladiator,” and “X-Men: First Class.” As remarkable as his vitae reads—for we have only scratched the surface, here—Menage’s greatest passion is in working in the personal spaces of clients. Scenery from a theater production or movie always gets taken apart and recycled for the next production. However, a trompe l’oeil, a signature faux finish, a hand painted mural or ceiling in one’s living space has more permanence.

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When Menage creates a scene or a specific piece for a room, the client gets more than an ordinary, but nicely painted mural, they get an immersive experience. Menage cherishes the idea of re-visiting art through history, and with that inspiration uses methods and techniques created by some of his favorite Dutch and Italian Renaissance painters. This often gives his works a classic look, but he doesn’t stop there. He isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of the space he is working in, in order to create illusions when needed. If a client has to touch a painting or finish just to test its perceived dimension, then Manage knows he’s done his work right.

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Personal spaces are not Menage’s only specialty; however, his talents have also been searched out by restaurants like the upscale Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans. Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto where so pleased with Menage’s work, depicting scenes from New Orleans’ magnificent culinary and cultural past that they commissioned him again. The new restaurant, Seafood R’evolution opened in Ridgeland, MS on Friday, November 4th.

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With the recent move to the vibrant city of Miami, Menage is looking to expand his services. This will include custom paintings in addition to the high-end murals one can find in private homes, and now, two upscale restaurants.

For more information, visit www.grahamemenage.com

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