I never thought I would be saying this but ...
" Our painting (workmanship) is on show at the Coningsbury Gallery for all to see !!
Painters in Central London were approached by Andrew at Coningsby Gallery in Central London to quote for the redecoration of both floors of the gallery and to advise on colours and paint finishes. Immediately on entering the gallery, I could see the potential with the light that was available from main gallery front window and the glass atrium roof section at the rear.
The gallery was looking a little dated with its yellow/peachy colour on the walls and ceilings and for this reason, the gallery had decided it was time to have a new fresh look.
The gallery had a very warm feel to it but in my opinion, it was not an ideal colour for today to set off the artwork that was to be exhibited there.
On providing advise on colours and a comprehensive quotation to Andrew, we were immediately instructed by him to decorate both floors of the gallery.
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Quirky features of the gallery
We had decided on an ivory white for the ceilings walls and all the woodwork so that there was a uniform colour throughout the gallery. A matt emulsion on the walls and ceilings and an eggshell finish on all the woodwork.
With this new light colour, the artwork on the walls and in the show cases would now we shown off to their maximum potential.
As I set to work, I began to appreciate the creativity of the original designer of the gallery as he had incorporated many quirky features into the Gallery's structure. The main entrance door had an artists hand inset into the door on both sides. This was a great way to greet customers on entering the gallery for the first time as it set the mood for discussion.
On the lower floor, the newel post of the stairs had a wooden carved hand that held a wooden carved golden torch. The torch was actually hard wired as a real working light and the hand was pivoted on the newel post so that the beam of light could be rotated in any direction.
Also on the lower floor of the gallery there was an inset chimney with a delightful fire bucket. At first I thought it was just a decorative feature and very apt.
I had to remove this in order to treat the damp and peeling paint in the chimney. On closer inspection, I found that the fire bucket was attached to a small gas pipe with an isolating gas tap located in the paneling below the chimney. Absolutely amazing, and what a talking point to have this burning on a winters evening exhibition night.
The stairs leading down to the rear of the gallery had glass paneled sides with carved newel posts.
The glass panels openes the view through the gallery as you approached the stairs and also accentuate the beautiful hand carved newel posts and carved rope like hand rails.
The new ivory white colour is now working well in the gallery reflecting more of the natural daylight and accentuating the exhibited artwork.
The gallery designer had also made an interesting feature with the reception desk.
The front panels and mouldings creatively curve and blend in as an extension of the main wall.