Natural materials and old techniques
A little history...
As early as prehistoric times, men painted hunting scenes and everyday life on the cave walls, the first painters using pigments extracted from the earth mixed with animal fat.
Later, the Egyptians, the Greeks, and especially the Romans, left their colorful testimonies with the wall paintings "a fresco", a technique that spread in the Middle Ages on religious buildings.
The beginning of the Renaissance marked the appearance of oil painting with the use of the first glazes, as they are still found today. The Italian Renaissance is the apotheosis of the fresco with the decoration of the walls and ceilings of the palaces, the great era of the « trompe l'œil » of architectural or ornamental motifs, false marbles, imitations of materials ...
In 1760 Jean Jacques Bachelier founded the « Ecole Royale des Arts Décoratifs » in Paris to perpetuate the creative imagination of decorative artists and the "French style" spirit.
The 19th century marks a turning point in the history of decorative painting with its introduction into bourgeois houses and a form of democratization of painted decorations, trompe-l'oeil of moldings, ornamentations, marbles, stone, decorations with stencils ...
Today, many decorative painters still use the traditional techniques inherited from previous centuries, lime, natural pigments, make their glue or tempera paint, glazes in oil or beer, Stuccos to the Italian ... because their rendering is incomparable.
For all my work as a painter in decor, both in the restitution of murals of heritage monuments and in contemporary environments, I wish to enter this tradition by using paintings or ecological coatings, avoiding as much as possible petrochemical products, which release volatile organic compounds (VOCs), toxic to the environment and for our health.
Natural paints based on lime, casein, clay, silicates, natural pigments, are a little more demanding in terms of hygrometry and temperatures during the installation, but the final result is incomparable and the durability optimal .