Garrett McCarthy: Muralist

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Murals done for commercial institutions. ( again -enlarged images may appear BEHIND main screen -check behind!)

Boston Science Museum Mural
Paul Revere Statue - one of seven Boston landmarks incorporated into the 67' x 9' mural on canvas sections - A ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the City of Boston's 300th Anniversary kicked off the restaurant's renovations in 1980. Guest speakers included museum directors, the Mayor of Boston, England and also Lord Boston (of Faversham, England) were invited .

Boston Science Museum Mural
scale view of project - Boston State House and "Old Iron Sides" imagery

Morgan Horse - West Springfield, MA
Town Hall - panel #2 of 3

Bahamas Resort
Ocean Reef Yacht Club & Marina 50' x 24' exterior wall project - creating trompe l'oeil balcony effect for incoming guests to see as they arrive to the facility.

Bahamas Resort
First faux balcony started on semi-textured wall surface.

Bahamas Resort

Bahamas Resort
Finished Effect. This side of the building fronting the parking lot now has three "window" balconies overlooking incoming taxis and dock area.

Atlantis, Paradise Island
Interior wall painting two-tones, graphics and scenery for targeted areas of employee service corridors running underneath the famed Atlantis Hotel & Casino in Nassau, The Bahamas. Ten weeks - ten areas

Atlantis
Casino Dealer Lounge entry - Took one look at the colors on the vests all the dealers wear and that was it! Has a "Junkanoo" holiday feel to the design.

Atlantis
Casino Dealer Lounge Entrance and Human Resources doorway

Atlantis
Detail of seascape for hallway

Atlantis
Detail for hallway seascape

Atlantis
Stars Hallway - outside cafeteria - before new employee award portraits are returned to walls.

Atlantis
Three cooks in front of Harrold and Wilson Ponds National Park mural just outside of employee cafeteria.

Atlantis
Entrance to "Stars" Cafeteria

Atlantis
While most of the walls were of concrete block texture, occaisionally a smooth wall would present the opportunity to paint a detailed view of the outdoors. One of the many regattas that occur in the Bahamas seemed to be the solution for this large wall leading to the cashier's entrance.

Atlantis
Detail of regatta scene for cashier's hallway

Atlantis
Close up of regatta painting in corner near employee time clock device.

Atlantis
National Park scene 18' x 8' acrylics - marshland scene chosen due to the busy traffic area this space has. Many pallets of produce are dropped off here - most scrapes or scratches won't be noticable because of the busy patterns of cat tails, tall grass, shrubery patterns on lower part of painting.

Atlantis
Payroll Department area before beginning work. Department signage on small black tags flanking entry.

Atlantis
Payroll area art in progress. Parliament Square theme to define space using pastel colors, creating faux window and shutters along with national crest/plaque and colorful bougainvillea plant.

Atlantis
Detail

Atlantis
Detail - finished

Atlantis
Parliament Square - Queen Victoria's statue

Atlantis
Window with night time reflection of Nassau Street scene - emphasis on shadows, lighting

Atlantis
Neptune's wife in front of Harrold and Wilson Ponds National Park mural

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Before starting 50' x 24' exterior mural for Ocean Reef Yacht Club & Resort. The owner's requested that mural incorporate live plant (clinging for life directly in the middle!) which actually proved helpful in bridging the water scene on the left to the village scene on the right.

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Detail for Ocean Reef project - two story wall with 10 inch ridge - four inches out from main wall - presented a challenge if any horizontal edge, line, mast or tree were to cross it - thus creating distortion. Avoided most crossing over the ridge. Hobbie Cat boat mast & sail "float" because of this but due to the nature of this boat's design vs a regular masted ship, the eye is forgiving.

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Starting mural - background before foreground colors must be done.

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Detail - creating surf

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Boats on ridge below lighthouse

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Arbor concealing service door

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Guests at Ocean Reef Yacht Club & Resort relaxing poolside with new look on hotel wall.

Piano Detail
Detail incorporating client's desire for piano keys to be highlighted.

Piano Detail
Upper half of mural on canvas wall covering.

Atlantis Hotel & Casino
Photograph of Coral Towers during art project at Atlantis (Summer of 2008)

Storefront mural
Painting of original Friendly's shop from 1930 with founding brothers Curtis and Presley Blake. 12' x 5' acrylics on canvas

Boston Museum of Science
News article appearing in Boston Globe Newspaper. Three years later, while attending Exeter College of Art & Design in Exeter, England, Garrett was invited by Lord Boston of Faversham to the House of Parliament to tour the government facility, meet Lord Carrington - then NATO Commander, and to view "Question Time" as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dueled with Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock over policies.

Basketball Hall of Fame
Mixed media (illustration and acrylics) for restaurant location of the former Basketball Hall of Fame Building in Springfield, MA Lose sketch approach of players over painted view of the BHF.

Boston Science Museum (1 of 3)
Section of 67' x 9' mural depicting scenes of historic Boston. This mural was commissioned in 1980 and installed at the Friendly Restaurant Outlet on the second floor of the Boston Science Museum. The mural was dedicated to the city's 350th Anniversary with a ribbon cutting ceremony and dinner with the delegation from Boston, England.

Boston Science Museum (2 of 3)
Sectional view of restaurant mural at the Boston Science Museum. This 3-month long project required 27 canvas strips applied to the display wall. Minimal maintainence was required despite the half million visitors who dined at the restaurant outlet.

Boston Science Museum (3 of 3)
View of historic Boston images - challenge involved blending one scene into the next in an uninterrupted manner. Architectural elements puctuated by the bold Paul Revere form and the birds-eye view of the Park Street Church create a striking visual for pedestrians and patrons.

Channel 22 News Backdrop (1 of 2)
WWLP in Springfield, Massachusetts requested a two-toned collage mural to enhance the studio/news anchor desk featuring recognizable landmarks. The idea was to match colors with the existing marblized wall effects.

Channel 22 News Backdrop (2 of 2)
The achor staff coordinated their dress code to contrast well with the set design. This 5 year set worked well until their construction of new facilities across town.

Cityscape (1 of 2)
Restaurant mural spanning 25' x 15' of the city skyline of Springfield at night. Painted (in acrylics) directly on the wall required a scaffolding approach inside the restaurant during its renovation phase. The track lighting makes the night details "pop" even when viewed from outside the restaurant windows - looking into the restaurant. It was a very jazz-like theme for this location as the owner had broght in a gloss black baby grand piano for patrons to be entertained by.

Cityscape (2 of 2)
Springfield City Skyline in 1990 - Springfield-on-the-Park Restaurant down on Stearns Square. This restaurant had opened amid the highlight of downtown living by office workers and residents who occupied the newly renovated condominium projects in and around Main Street.

Friendly Cupola
Roof top view of a Friendly's Restaurant - mid 1980's cupola repalcing earlier traditional wood structures in order to reduce maintainence/painting. This acrylics on canvas 4' x 5' was part of a series of six restaurant murals located at their Kent Road facilty adjacent to the main HQ.

Morgan Horse
Acrylics on masonite board 8' x 4' History of the Town of West Springfield punctuated by references to the Morgan Horse. Dedication Ceremony, Eastern States Exposition and historical church featured.

Pediatric Office
Kimberly Care Pediatrics Office in Springfield, Massachusetts. Children's theme ideas painted in acrylics on canvas wall covering and separately attached like puzzle pieces - overlapping - which allowed for flexible application and future removal if needed ( indeed, they moved to Boston and took it with them!)

Piano Keys
Stratton Mountain Ski Resort Restaurant / Night Club Frontal view of modern shaped mural painted on canvas wall covering - Roughly 12' in height and 15' width.

Piano Keys
Interior view of restaurant seating area ( Stratton Mountain Ski Resort). Restaurant owner wanted a modern shape - not rectangular - to compliment interior window design.

Friendly's
10' x 4' acrylics on canvas wall covering featuring Main Street Wilbraham in front of Rich Hall - Wilbraham Academy.

Friendly's (2)
Country kitchen window view painted on canvas wall covering for Friendly Restaurant in Greenfield, Mass. ( one of six paintings) Emphasis on 3-D effect.