Somerset Art Weeks is a well anticipated highlight on the events calendar of art enthusiasts, seeing artists’ studio doors thrown open to the public across the county. This year Glastonbury is joining in with a trail of its wonderful and unique murals that adorn the town.
The Glastonbury Mural Trail is being put together by artist Kim von Coels of The Krumble Empire and will lead visitors through the colourful town, taking in the works of art that help make this town so unique.
Known for its individuality, Glastonbury is often a beacon for creatives and we are delighted that the town has got behind this mural trail. A mural was commissioned to mark the start of the trail in the main car park outside the information centre. Kim enlisted renowned artist, Jonathan Minshull, who has produced many stunning pieces during his career including numerous murals in the UK and California.
Jonathan has worked in various mediums including oils and acrylics but this was his first time working with a wood paint. Using marine ply wood as a canvas, and a local artist studio as a base, Jonathan created his mural of the Avalon marshes.
After a little experimenting and familiarising with the nature of the wood paint, he found ‘the paints really good to use and have a real vibrancy in the flesh’. The way that he worked with the paint was very reminiscent of an oil painting. He found the strength of the colour pigments really high and the quality of the finish to surpass that of traditional oil paints, so his future external murals may well be created with Thorndown Wood Paints!
The final piece is a stunning representation of the marshes so akin with Somerset, with the iconic Glastonbury Tor in the background and local wildlife celebrating the vibrant nature in these parts.
We will post updates on the unveiling, the mural trail and Somerset Art Weeks, which looks set to be a very special silver anniversary edition. It was an honour to sponsor the Glastonbury Mural Trail with Thorndown Paints, supporting a fantastic event for the town and working with such a wonderful and talented artist!!