1990, Pro Faux has worked with students,
colleagues, and manufacturers to set the standards
for Decorative Finishing in the United States.
Frohnapfel, (seated) Pro Faux's Artistic
Director, is a graduate of the London, England-based Pardon
School of Specialist Decoration. He has been an interior design
artist since 1974. John Catalanotto,
Pro Faux's Business Manager, has an extensive background in
business and faux finishing. Note: The award-winning
table pictured above was originally chipboard!
Pro Faux has
conducted well over 1000 workshops
and seminars around the world. Their efforts have served as
a catalyst for the resurgence of faux finishing in the United
States. Through their teaching and consultation with decorative
product manufacturers, they hope to maintain a high standard
of custom decorative finishing in the United States. ProFaux
continues to provide reasonably priced and conveniently scheduled,
that cover virtually all aspects of the Decorative Finishing
industry. Greg and John spend as much time and effort creating
a comfortable working atmosphere as they do teaching actual
techniques. After all,
learning to create faux finishes can be challenging enough without
added embarrassment or intimidation. They find that this extra
effort pays off, often resulting in long-term relationships
with their students.
Ancient Art of Faux Finishing
The Ancient Art of Faux Finishing Believe it or not,
archeologists have uncovered marbleized Mycenaean pottery dating
as far back as 2200 BC. Additional techniques such as woodgraining,
Trompe L'Oeil and glazing found their way into Egyptian, Greek
and Roman civilizations on wall murals, furniture and accessories.
The Europeans developed faux finishing through a Guild System-skills
were handed from Master Painter to Journeyman to Apprentice.
Each passed skills to the next until, eventually, the apprentice
became the Master Painter and the cycle began again. During
the early 20th century many advanced marbling and graining techniques
came into focus, as well as the development of specialty tools,
glazes and methods. Today, faux finishing is enjoying a glorious
renaissance and can be found in many fine homes, businesses,
broadcast sets, theatres, marketing applications, graphic design
and civic institutions. You too, can master these techniques
by studying with the country's finest artisans and teachers.