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Tableau: June 2010 Getting out of the House
Often times... Hospitals Hospitals

These photographs show general views and details of murals painted at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital and the Northwest Community Hospital. The University of Chicago project included two poems complimenting sculpture installations. The Northwest murals include a whimsical midwest lake scene and a detail of the nursery border, with leaves and butterflies. Whether embellishing emergency rooms or interactive family areas, the cheerful and inspirational artwork is intended to provide color and a calming, benevolent aesthetic presence to the young patients.

Art Consultant: Monica Hork

Hospitals Restaurants

The first photos show an overview and a close-up of a large, one-of-a-kind eglomise panel, depicting a South African Turban Shell. It was recently installed at Ria, at the Elysian in downtown Chicago. The intricacies of the execution were intended to provide a realistic rendition of the shell and a jewel-like feel. A special glass, textured with waves and fine bubbles was selected to convey the feeling of underwater currents.

Interior Design:
Simeone Deary Design Group


The photographs are details of murals painted for Cafe Spiaggia. They are faithful copies of Andrea Mantegna’s Camera degli Sposi, at Mantua’s Ducal Palace, from the XV century. The wide array of elegantly dressed figures, fine architectural structures and landscapes was painted in caseins on sixty-two textured canvasses, crafted at our studio and fitted to the different walls of the room.

Designer: Marve Cooper Design

Organizations Organizations

Simes Studios designed and painted three murals on canvas for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, a non-profit food bank, distribution and training center. The murals were intended to acknowledge and honor the many volunteers that dedicate their efforts to the food bank. The original work was based on large color woodcuts, with the characteristic features of the technique, which is also used in the CGFD logo. The artwork, was proudly donated by Simes Studios as a token of appreciation for such priceless dedication by many to our community needs. These photographs show three details from the murals.


The dozen trompe l’oeil panels designed and painted for the Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University, in Charleston, IL , are unique homages to various meaningful influences the illustrious organization has enjoyed over the decades. In all cases, the panels were painted as trompe l’oeil niches for publication carts, and in each of the twelve niches, in the painted objects, the viewers could find general trivia and history of the library, from segments of stained glass and a shaft of wheat, to postcards, books, portraits and statues, depicted in foreshortened perspective and realistic manner.

Designers: Holabird and Root Architects

Schools Schools Schools Schools

The first two photos show a general view and a detail of the St. Clement School Library, a large mural crowning the upper section of the room, measuring approximately one hundred and ten feet in length. It was conceived as an oversized illumination, and shows in alternating boxes ornate capitals of the English alphabet and the different stanzas of the Canticle of the Living Creatures, a masterful poem written by St. Francis of Assissi in the XII century.

The second set of photos are an overview and a detail of four murals on canvas based on moments in the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and installed at the Dining Hall of St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. Carefully rendered and painted in artist oils, the limited color range was intended to invoke a bas relief and narrate pivotal moments that shaped the life of the saint. Also located at St. Ignatius College Prep, two futuristic murals installed in the Gymnasium show in colorful palette the boys basketball and girls volleyball teams at play.

Temples & ChurchesTemples

The four murals at Temple Beth-El in Northbrook were designed to embellish the four large wall insets dedicated as a memorial for families and members of the congregation. The device of trompe l’oeil was used in a particularly effective manner as a way to provide for a perceptual depth and volume that could have not otherwise been accomplished. An earthy and textured patina finished the architectural look of the murals, adding overall warmth.

Interior Designer: Laurel Feldman Designs


The mural for the lower chapel at St. Clement Church was designed as a portrait of the Holy Family, with Jesus as a young boy, to relate to the elementary school children that enter through the chapel. The aesthetics, inspired in architecture and painting from the times of Giotto, was drawn and painted on thick, textured jute canvas and installed on the curved walls of the space.



—Cindy and Jorge Simes