After completing my training as a Scenic Artist at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, I worked with and learnt from acclaimed muralist Robin Archer and painted scenic art for companies such as the E.N.O. and Sydney Theatre company, this prepared me for my position as Head of Scenic Art at Perth Theatre in Scotland. 

Upon emigrating to Australia I continued work in scenic art for the Australian Ballet and with Scenic Studios on stage shows including Wicked and Phantom of the Opera.

While in Melbourne I also painted murals, paint effects and high quality spray and roll coat finishes for clients including The Museum of South Australia, Melbourne Aquarium and Mercedes Benz. While I worked with Creature Technology on DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon, Arena Spectacular I also painted a portrait that was chosen for the EMI Art Project in Sydney.

Back in England I worked for seven years at The Royal Opera House as one of the lead scenic artists, along with this I painted murals for Turner Prize winning artist Chris Ofili in New York, Chicago, London and Venice, and painted some large canvases for acclaimed artist Goshka Macuga.

More recently I painted a backdrop with theatre designer,

John Macfalane for the New York Metropolitan Opera’s production of Der Fliegende Hollander.

After leaving the ROH in 2019, I’ve painted a mural for

Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium and worked as a scenic painter on Disney’s feature film Cruella, scenic artist for The Great and props painter for Marvel’s The Eternals.

I am also a visiting lecturer at the R.C.S.S.D. teaching architecture and perspective.

skill highlights

  • All types of backdrop painting from linen, netted cloths to modern Optitrans plastics.

  • Murals from traditional trompe l'oeil to expressive abstract.


  • Scenic painting and prop painting for film.


  • Drawing including architecture, perspective and landscapes.


  • Budgeting and project managing.


  • Excellent communication and people management skills.


  • Paint effects including marbling and woodgraining.

  • Gilding, wall papering, spray and roll coat fine finishes.

© Stuart Hall 2020