The Southern Hotel
Grahame was commissioned to paint a series of murals within the newly restored 107 year old Southern Hotel in Covington, Louisiana. His artwork now adorns the walls in the elegant Cypress Bar of this boutique hotel, as well as the pool side area.
The hotel honors the town’s legacy as an artists’ community and showcases the work of local artists while paying homage to renowned makers and shakers including local architect Thomas Sully and writer Walker Percy. Grahame was delighted to have his work featured alongside such esteemed colleagues following the re-opening of this historic local landmark.
Cypress Bar Murals
Inspiration was drawn from Victorian hand-tinted postcards depicting Covington's bygone days for the large and detailed murals in the hotel’s Cypress Bar. Grahame researched the local history of the quaint town of Covington to draw inspiration for the project. He included details such as the iconic boat ‘Josie’; the first steamer in the town. Grahame sketched out his designs before painting directly onto the wall to create the larger murals. Smaller pieces were painted in his studio and pasted on to the bar's walls.
This luxury boutique hotel is situated just across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans. The Southern Hotel’s esteemed history of hospitality began in 1907. Established as a physical and spiritual retreat, visitors would re-energize amidst the area’s cool breezes, piney woods and mineral springs. The hotel has hosted guests for more than 50 years and now offers a luxury spa to its customers.
Keen to reflect this local history Grahame drew on his fondness of vintage travel posters for this poolside mural. He was delighted to come up with the perfect design for the 29' x 15' tall poolside mural. This large-scale mural was completed by Grahame single-handedly over several days, drawing much admiration from guests.
View a time-lapse video of Grahame painting the poolside mural.