With the guidance of specialist Art Consultant Minda Dowling, a native New Yorker, who has lived in London has been sourcing and commissioning artwork for hotels since 1984, the hotel commissioned approximately 250 unique artworks.
"Curating this unique collection of contemporary art, by both emerging and established British artists, has been a great honour and privilege for me. I believe that Corinthia London’s commitment to fly the flag for British contemporary art not only enhances the interior of the hotel but will also engage its guests and introduce them to the richness and variety of British contemporary art." Minda Dowling, Founder, Artefact Hotel Art Consultants.
The Crystal Moon Lounge is beautifully enhanced by Claire Brewster’s ‘cut out’ birds. London-based Brewster relishes movement; exploring subjects commonly considered static that are constantly in motion. Brewster uses vintage maps and atlases as the fabric with which to create her intricate, delicate and detailed cut-outs. The shadows cast when light is shone on them give the birds a three-dimensional quality and creates the feeling of movement.
Modern British restaurant The Northall provides the backdrop to a fine selection of contemporary artworks, including oil paintings by talented artist Alan Macdonald. The Scottish artist creates portraits in the style of 17th Century Old Master paintings featuring cardinals, noblemen and classical beauties but with a twist. Included in this collection is the painting of the stately looking cardinal zooming along on an Eco bike which drives us to question the purpose of our modern lives and the void we are looking to fill with consumerism.
Overlooking the picturesque, maple-lined courtyard, the courtroom proudly displays an illustration by award-winning artist Marcus James, named SW1A 2BD. The large graphite drawing depicts outlines of the surrounding buildings in Whitehall. Images are drawn with heavy graphite onto paper which creates a maze of interlocking and overlapping outlines of prominent landmarks and notable buildings in the area.
A specially commissioned series of black and white photographs entitled “Bespoke Elegance”, which celebrate Britain’s heritage of handmade timeless craftsmanship, line the guestroom corridors and lift lobbies. Internationally acclaimed photographer Peter Defty’s approach to making images is to try and render a two-dimensional version from a three-dimensional situation, in a way that leaves the viewer stimulated, challenged and moved emotionally.
Corinthia London takes great pleasure in providing a stimulating and visually rich environment that promotes creativity and imagination for guests.