Googleplex, Inc.—Scenic Mural Artist

Muralist Paul Barker creates astonishingly realistic scenic murals for zoos, aquariums, museums, restaurants and theme parks nationwide. His backgrounds for zoo habitats are so photorealistic that some animal inhabitants have tried walking into them or picking plants out of them.

Three decades of producing mural art on a grand scale have made Paul Barker one of the premier scenic artists in the country—a master of the muralist’s art. In zoo exhibits and museum dioramas, his perfect mimicry of three-dimensional elements such as trees and rocks adjacent to the murals makes the transition from reality to painted illusion nearly undetectable.

His range of subject matter is virtually unlimited, extending from sunken coral reefs and arctic ice shelves to the recreation of historic scenes and ancient Aztec frescoes. His styles range from photorealism to cartooning to French Impressionism to the Old Masters. Scales can range from tiny maquettes to walls 60 feet tall and hundreds of feet long.

Paul Barker’s vast experience with projects large and small has required him to develop methods allowing for astonishing speed, along with proficiency at such skills as disguising unwanted wall elements into the murals. His friendly, cooperative, problem-solving approach leaves behind him a legacy not only of beauty but of delighted clients.

Googleplex Murals, Paul Barker, (312) 320-2764,