Michael Alford has 25 years’ experience in mural and trompe l’oeil painting. Using a combination of traditional painting techniques and durable modern materials, Michael creates handpainted murals and trompe l’oeil features for private homes and commercial premises. Each one is tailored to meet client specifications and the decorative requirements of specific sites and situations.
Murals for private homes
Michael offers a complete mural and trompe l’oeil design service for the home. He has extensive experience working with private clients and interior designers to create unique decorative features of the highest quality. His residential commissions include murals for bedrooms, poolrooms, gardens, bathrooms, reception rooms, ceilings and recreation spaces.
Murals for commercial premises
Michael works extensively with interior designers and architects to deliver murals, trompe l’oeil and other decorative features for a variety of commercial contexts. His painting commissions include murals for hotels, cafés, bars, restaurants, offices, casinos, shops and supermarkets.
Michael Alford frequently incorporates trompe l’oeil features into large murals, using painted architecture and faux sky to create illusions of space on walls, ceilings, cupolas, domes and vaults. Trompe l’oeil can also be effective on a smaller scale to create playful featuers such as urns, statuary or views.
Michael has a complete knowledge of both traditional and contemporary decorative styles. Past projects include classical or baroque murals, art deco murals, modern murals, landscape murals, chinoiserie murals, graphic murals, retro murals, pop art murals, fantasy murals and murals incorporating portraits of people and buildings.
Aladdin Casino, Las Vegas
Café Royal, London
Chapelle de Saint Capraix
Claridges Hotel, London
Cuba Libre Bar, London
Four Seasons Hotel Group
Historic Royal Palaces
The Lanesborough, London
Luxor Casino, Las Vegas
Quilon Restaurant, London
Royal College of Organists
Saudi Royal Family
Schiphol Sheraton Hotel, Amsterdam
Sira Supermarket, London
Trust House Forte Group, Dubai
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Michael Alford speaks to Louisa Baumgärtel from the online art magazine Singulart and answers her questions about his early work, artistic inspirations and what compels him to paint cityscapes.
Michael Alford demonstrates how to transform a room using the marouflage mural technique.
Understanding and using trompe l’oeil in decorative painting.