Dating back over 3000 years, the technique of Buon or True Fresco is so called because pigment is fixed to fresh lime plaster purely by reabsorption of carbon dioxide from the air as the surface cures over the space of a day.
The traditional absence of a binder such as casein, egg or oil delivers pure, transparent colour which takes on a uniquely reflective quality as pigment is built up in crystalline glazes.
Because of this extraordinary process, the ancient cycles have endured for hundreds, and in the case of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Knossos, thousands of years.
A few remarkable survivors in Great Britain suggest that we once shared this tradition in abundance …
True fresco remains a unique medium for the contemporary artist, and I have found that the journey that must be made to prepare each section only adds to its fascination.