ARTIST - CRAFTSMAN
Doug Smelt has been producing specialist finishes and designs in Resteraunts, Clubs, Hotels, Shopping Centres, Offices and homes for over 25 years. His Artistic skills and knowledge of paint and painting techniques have assisted in producing award winning projects. One of the founding members of Hull In Paint.
FAUX PAINTING - MURALS - RESTORATION
I have for over the last 25 years developed a range of `Faux Painting` Techniques that I have applied to the interiors of both contemporary and historical buildings. Having received formal training in Art and from a background in property restoration, I consider my work as a craft, paying great attention to preparation and detail, using quality products to ensure longevity. I can work to specific design that you may want (Frequently engaged by other Artists and Designers to install designs), or help create a design to suit your need.
In addition to numerous domestic commissions my commercial work includes Restaurants, Bars, and Night Clubs; Shopping Centres, Places of Worship, Hotels, and Offices. I can work on my own or as part of a multi-disciplined contract team. I carry a £5M liability insurance which also covers me up to 10m in height.
Past clients include local government departments, national and international organisations, as well as individuals, however no matter who I work for I aim to help all my clients realise their vision.
In 1999 I was commissioned to undertake the interior decorative scheme for the conversion of the former Western Synagogue in Hull. The development won a Hull Civic Society Award and I was retained as a consultant, project managing a series of conservation projects on the grade II listed building; establishing a gallery and developing a programme of historical exhibitions, talks, workshops and lectures.
I continued to paint on canvas rather than the wall and attended formal art training for a number of years, however I returned to the wall a number of years ago, more refined and polished and have successfully developed a positive reputation. I have also received a second award from the Hull Civic Society for the ‘marbeling, wood graining, metallic finishes and the murals’ at the former Nat West bank in Silver Street re-branding as Silvers cocktail bar.
About 30 years ago I decided to change carrers from a background of insurance, property development and building to take a more creative path. I became interested initially in the decorative styles and crafts of decorative painting., and moved onto easel quiet quickly and I suppose since that time I have moved from one to another and frequently I am doing both.
THE MOTH REPAIR GURU
I have dedicated a great deal of time over the years to promoting the arts and heritage to new audiences and I am involved in a number of projects during the City of Culture 2017 celebrations. I was commissioned by the Amy Johnson Festival to paint the Moth at Humberside Airport and have been retained as ‘The Moth Repair Guru’ repairing and repainting any damages on the 58 Moths that form part of The Moth Trail.
I was described in the local press as one of Hulls most prolific Artists with work evident in many Hull city centre bars and restaurants including Silvers Cocktail Bar for which I received a Hull Civic Society Good Mark Award. I undertake commissioned easel paintings and have had numerous exhibitions, frequently using art as the means of engaging the audience when writing and delivering the content of numerous history and heritage projects. Whatever project I undertake I approach it professionally and with a commitment to quality. I hope you enjoy the site and look forward to hearing from you.
AWARD WINNING COMMISSION
Silvers Cocktail Bar and Restaurant in Hull is the flagship of my latest work. Completed in October 2015, I worked very closely with the owners in creating the design and conversion of this Grade II listed Building. In all 6 marble, 2 metallic and a range of contemporary and restoration wood grain finishes were carried out in addition to the hand painted murals and pictures