From the time of his earliest childhood paintings, Patrick Cunningham has been committed to the ideal of creating art and architecture of such impeccable quality that it brings joy not only to the people who own it, but also to the artist. Patrick Cunningham believes that infinite art equals infinite possibilities. Having created hundreds of Old Master Style paintings, portraits, frescoes, murals and sculptures, including complex handmade coffered ceilings, the possibilities are truly infinite. From his childhood in Southern California to his worldwide travels, Patrick Cunningham invokes the feeling of an old world craftsman. Each piece in Patrick Cunningham’s portfolio is completed one-at-a-time by hand, to your exacting specifications and reflecting your distinct personality and taste. You will find Patrick Cunningham’s art in the finest homes and private collections in America, including the homes of several Senators. From extraordinary design to exquisite craftsmanship, you cannot buy better art anywhere.
In architecture, a coffer is an ornamental sunken panel of square or polygonal shape repeated in a series as decoration for a ceiling or vault. Coffers were probably originally formed out of wooden beams crossing one another in a grid shape. The earliest surviving examples were made by the ancient Greeks and Romans out of stone. Coffered ceilings were revived in the Renaissance and common in both Baroque and Neoclassical architecture.
Coffered ceilings have a rich architectural history. Examples of complex, breathtaking artistry were created throughout Roman and Renaissance times. Coffered ceilings add to the feeling of height of a room, as the decorative and ornamental coffers of antiquity demonstrate. The stepped detail introduces a layer of architectural interest as well. Decorating a ceiling may be simple or complex, according to your taste; the possibilities are endless.
The ceiling is a wonderful surface to embellish. Including the ceiling as a surface for design and architectural decoration completes the full look of the room. Michelangelo made a chapel ceiling an important part of his grand design.
Coffered ceilings add a lot of charm and eloquence to a room. The key to integrating a ceiling into a room’s overall design is to understand the space. Think of the entire room three-dimensionally. The ceiling should be the icing on the cake. In addition to your daily enjoyment, this feature will add value to your home. The geometric, recessed ceiling panels of Patrick Cunningham’s coffered ceilings are hand sculpted and painted, which will make a huge effect on the impression of the interior of the room and will make your room one that is truly unforgettable.