January 07, 2009

Dennis Nelems, Baroque Interior


This art environment comprises the decorated interior of a flat in Clevely, near Blackpool (Lancashire, United Kingdom)

Life and works.

Cabinet-maker Dennis Nelems (b. 1941?) in his sixties went to live with his wife in a retirement flat.

He did not like the interior very much, and a lover of the baroque style, he decided to redecorate it. This became something more than just a redecoration, it became a project that kept the couple busy for six year. And would cost them a lot of money too.

The ornaments have been made from gypsum, hardened in latex molds, which Nelems produced himself by applying the latex to models designed in clay.

The living room has been transformed into kind of a Louis XIV palace, abundantly decorated with angels, cherubs, paintings, pillars...... Dennis Nelems and his wife would not have it otherwise. It has been reported that Nelems has been doing this kind of decoration in a number of houses where the couple lived before they settled in the retirement flat.

Actual situation?

Above picture was made in 2006. That year the BBC, just as many other media in the world, had a newsitem about the baroque interior.

At that time Dennis Nelems said he considered decorating the bedroom in the same style. Since no reports came available about such a project.

Dennis Nelems
Decorated interior
Cleveleys, North West England, UK
private appartment

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