Decorative Painting, Murals, and Faux Finishes

Artifice Inc. is a full-service decorative arts company specializing in the latest surface treatments, faux finishes and murals.

Mural of Cambridge University in the nineteenth century with English landscape for dining room walls.

Artifice Inc. offers the finest in  murals and decorative painting.  Our services include faux finishes, gilding, stenciling, custom wall treatments and textures,  glazing,  Italian mineral plasters, and  Venetian plaster.  We have over thirty years experience in the art of surface ornamentation.  Whenever possible we work with products that are environmentally friendly, (low or no volatile organic compounds.)  We realize that each job is unique and we strive to match each finish perfectly to the optimum color and pattern for your space.


Family of Cyclists mural painted in Vienna, VA.
Family of Cyclists Mural, Spokes, Etc., Vienna, VA. Arch size 20′ x 26′. Painted in Keim mineral paint, that will last for generations.

We specialize in mural painting and have executed many  commissions for corporations, businesses, restaurants, and residential clients throughout the metropolitan region. Our large exterior murals dot the landscape of the DC and Northern Virginia region.  We can work in virtually any medium or style and offer the option of executing our murals off-site on canvas or panel  for your convenience.

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“Nineteen Hundred Forty Six”, commissioned painting for Stella’s Restaurant, Alexandria, VA. 7’6″ x 10′ oil on canvas.

We take pride ourselves in consistently finishing projects on schedule and maintaining a clean and professional work environment. Please take a moment to look at our galleries to get further acquainted with our services.  Contact us so you can see for yourself our dedication to quality, service, and innovation.

The Owner

Bryan King the owner of Artifice Inc. graduated with a B.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1979, and an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1981. He has been working  as a decorative artisan and muralist since 1986. As well as the thirty years of experience Bryan has acquired in the decorative arts,  he has a passion for mural and trompe-l’oeil work.  This has allowed him to further a lifelong interest in a representational style of painting and architectural perspective. He has been a past instructor of mural painting for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program and a member of the Salon, an international organization of the finest decorative artisans working today.   Additionally his decorative painting work has included many prestigious projects including the intricate faux finishes for the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Bryan promises to be personally engaged with all commissions that Artifice Inc. is hired to complete.