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Artist paints fresco on his home

Iain Carstairs 56, with the massive fresco replica of A J Casson's 'White Village' he has painted on his house in Bedford.

Iain Carstairs 56, with the massive fresco replica of A J Casson's 'White Village' he has painted on his house in Bedford.

Artist Iain Carstairs has painted a giant fresco on the side of his house.

Talented Iain, 56, had already recreated part of Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel on a cafe in Bedford which proved to be a tourist attraction.

With lots of materials left over he has decided to cover the end of his terraced home with a 400sq ft artwork - which took him nine months to complete.

The giant mural - a recreation of The White Village by Canadian artist AJ Casson - had to be painted in 56 different sections with each piece taking him two days to create. Iain worked with plasterer Jim Smith to smooth the rough brick wall to achievethe quality finish needed to do justice to the fine detail of the masterpiece. The stunning painting depicts an idyllic countryside scene with white houses on the banks of a river.

Iain said: “I had all the spare materials so I have done it on the side of my house.

“It is a very tranquil scene and I thought it could bring a bit of that to Bedford. It has blue sky, blue water, you turn the corner and you’re in a different world.

“I’m hoping that my neighbours might see it and want me to do one on their wall. I enjoy doing it and we could be the first illustrated street in the UK.

“When people walk down the street they might not know where they are. It could be Luton, Milton Keynes or anywhere.

“When people see the fresco they will know they are in Bedford.”

The image on Iain’s home on the edge of the town centre was put on show to the public for the first time on Thursday (June 5) when the scaffolding was finally taken down. Iain used a technique dating back to ancient Greece for plastering and then painting the brick wall. The White Village is one of seven paintings by Canadian artist AJ Casson created in 1938 but it is unclear whether or not the village is a real place.

 

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