Mural Artist, Trompe L’oeil and Paint Effects – Mel Holmes

Mel Holmes is a highly regarded mural artist who specialises in hand painted wall murals, feature ceiling murals, trompe l’oeil effects and decorative paint finishes.

Mel is based in Sheffield and works throughout the UK. Mural commissions have also taken him throughout Europe, the Middle east, Asia and North America. With over 30 years experience as a mural artist, his projects have included large scale shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, public spaces and numerous private houses. His work has been seen on BBC television, Channel 4, and has been featured in The Times, The Daily Mail and The Guardian. Radio interviews include BBC Radio Derby and BBC Radio 4.

Mel’s mastery of the technique of ‘marouflage’ (painting on canvas and installing onto walls) allows even the largest of murals to be painted in his studio and installed quickly, efficiently and in a cost effective manner. With this method, clients can be kept up to date with the development of the painting via images, emails or studio visits as the painting progresses. Alternatively, Mel can work directly onto walls on site.

Trompe L'oeil
Paint Effects
Trafford Centre Main Dome Murals

Previous projects have ranged in size from full year contracts to single day artworks. For the larger projects or when deadlines are tight, Mel has a select team of skilled artists who assist him with his paintings.

As well as murals and trompe l’oeil, Mel also offers a full range of specialist paint finishing effects including wood graining, marbling, colour washes, stone blocking and gilding. With a strong background in the graphic arts, Mel also provides bespoke signwriting services.

Equally happy working directly with clients, architects or designers, Mel is committed to producing work of the highest quality.


Mural designs and Mural painting
Bespoke paintings and artworks
Specialist Paint finishes

Digital artworks
Vector plotting
Public artworks
Historical paintings

Trompe L’oeil and optical illusion paintings
Decorative Paint Effects
Grisaille paintings
Classical painting reproductions