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Simes Studios: Tableau
Out of the ShellDream Big!

We are proud to announce the completion of a one-of-a-kind eglomise project to be unveiled in July 2009. The custom art piece will debut at the new downtown Elysian restaurant, a sure destination for gourmands.

The work depicts an oversize South African Turban shell with myriad layered techniques used to create a realistic, jewel-like rendition awash with color.

A special glass, textured with waves and fine bubbles, was selected to convey the feeling of underwater currents. The glass was painted and gilded in the intricate reverse manner of eglomise. The installation is framed by the strikingly beautiful zebra wood.

Interior Designers: Simeone Deary Design Group.

A Study in Neoclassical Style

The studio recently embellished a simple archway connecting the living room and dining room of a Lake Forest home. The design was in the Neoclassical style, adapting architectural features and details of masonry found in the house, such as a graceful heraldic swan. The grisaille technique of the trompe l’oeil limestone was accentuated by a soft watercolor blue-green hue.

The adjacent dining room walls were treated as a very soft gradation of three values of the same hue of blue-green. Applied with a controlled and diaphanous execution, the finish imbibed the room with warmth, dimension and character.

Designer: Nora C. Marra Interiors.

Not All That Glimmers Is Gold

the thrill of the hunt the eye of the artist

Over the years, many painted representations of animal life in their natural habitat have been undertaken at the studio. These include bucolic scenes as well as several traditional hunting scenes.

The images above and below depict details of two such paintings when they were in progress in our studio. These were faithful copies in the Flemish style of master Franz Snyders, whose work has been avidly collected since the XVII century and originally adorned the hunting lodges of that time. The contemporary versions are now hanging in a Chicago home.

Designer: Fourcade & Denning, N.Y.

Not All That Glimmers Is Gold

Dream HomeArtist Profile

Daniel Colman brings specific skills to Simes Studios; logistical planning, project management, purchasing, material specification and creative input to the jobs. Dan’s previous painting experience led to his interest in fine decorative finishes for walls, ceilings, furniture and floors.

His cheerful, upbeat personality, ideas and energy have endeared him to the studio and client’s alike.

Dan graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design with a major in Sculpture. Dan’s background also includes an interest in film. He has made multiple documentaries and a feature length comedy. Other interests include building/carpentry, sculpting, cooking, film and mountain biking.

A Divine Restoration

Not All That Glimmers Is Gold

Above are the “before and after” photographs of a restoration project the studio finished in June at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, a beautiful centenarian church in Jefferson Park, Chicago.

Water damage affecting two of the windows and corbels were patched and, once cured, the studio brought the original polychromed elaborate stenciling back to its original form, as well as the subtle graining of the corbels.

Not shown in the photograph, but equally important, was the restoration of the scagliola-like plaster work and the gold detailing on the intricate arches in the large vestibule.

The Final TOuch

The Final Touch

Some of our artistic endeavors don’t require scaffolding, lavish designs or one of a kind finishes, yet they are most appreciated by designers and clients alike. We are referring to the art of camouflaging registers, speakers, odd millwork pieces and switch plates to match and blend with their surroundings.

Many times these unfinished elements jump out in a negative way in the middle of a beautiful back splash, mosaic floor or traditional wood paneling. The right artistic hand can whisk them away visually.

The right photo shows trompe l’oeil Jerusalem stone painted on a register to blend with the rest of the floor. The left shows how an unsightly aluminum refrigerator frame was visually integrated with the wood panels by painterly means.

At times we have painted elaborate work in a new home and the first thing a client will praise are the switch plates or vents and the fact that they are almost invisible. This attention to detail really is the final touch to a well executed custom project.

—Cindy and Jorge Simes

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