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Vera Ronnen


A.J Wells were commissioned to create a series of large mural panels by internationally renowned enamel artist Vera Ronnen for the Skirball Cultural Foundation in Los Angeles, California (architect Moshe Safdie).

Ronnen’s work combines medieval and modern industrial enamelling techniques to create unique large-scale architectural works. Enamel colours are applied by sieve to the pre-enamelled surface in several layers, followed by multiple firings. This technique brings out the particularly subtle beauty of the superimposed colours. Powerful opaques and gentle transparents fuse in the kiln over large, industrially enamelled steel surfaces, resulting in a depth that is unique to this process. For the first time in her career Ronnen has used commercial signage enamel colour, applied by spray gun and roller, as a base for her powders.

This particular project consists of four large-scale units with dimensions totalling 340 square feet. The artist executed the project over a three week period at the premises of A.J. Wells with the assistance of painter Carmelle Safdie and A.J Wells Project Manager David Knight.