Claire Lambe

The first group of images is a ceiling I painted in 2012/13. The "teenage" angel is based on the homeowners' daughter who is famous for her mischievous, crooked smile.  The technical problem I had to solve was that the domed ceiling over the dining table was irregular enough in outline to precluded any attempt at symmetry (my first thought had been to contain the mural in a tromp l'oeil classical architectural border). In the end I decided to take the irregularity even further by designing the border as though a giant hand had reached down and lifted the lid off the house, exposing laths and joists.

Following are a few images of murals I did with high-school students back in Ireland - I have to apologize for the poor quality of the photographs. Unfortunately I wasn't the obsessive recorder of my projects back then that I am now, and this is only a fraction of the mural work I instigated. In the meantime, due to major architectural changes in the building that housed these works, many no longer exist. Ironically the architect who was employed to expand the building was one of my former students; I wasn't sure whether to be cross with him about the destruction of the murals, or proud that I might have played some small role in him becoming such an accomplished designer and worthy of such commissions - I just wish I had made a better record of the paintings.

- Murals