ArtThe work of over 50 artists, photographers, graphic designers and print makers is represented throughout the building. Much of it comes from the collections of Terence and Vicki Conran and other items have been purchased from RCA shows.
Notable commissions include:
Richard Smith - Part of the advance guard of Pop Artists with Joe Tilson and Peter Blake, and a long-time collaborator with Terence Conran, has created a large colourful three-dimensional piece called "Breaking the Boundary" which is hung in Boundary Restaurant private dining room. Dick is an RCA graduate circa 1950 and many of his paintings are in the Tate collection, and quite a few in Terence Conran’s private collection.
Illustrator Adam Simpson, winner of the Quentin Blake Award (RCA) 2006, was commissioned to create the distinctive and characterful interiors for each of the hotel lifts. www.adsimpson.com
Muralist Javiad Alvi was the artist in residence from early 2007, while the building was still being redeveloped, until 2010, well after it was reopened. Javaid created an abstract and, in part, Chagall-inspired mural on the main staircase. Starting at the basement and covering seven storeys to the rooftop, the colour scheme moves from dark blue to lighter hues and floral images at the rooftop. Over the summer of 2014, part of the mural (ground floor to the basement) was updated by Manuel Grinon Montes. This new work is titled "The Story of Wine" charting the wine making process and ending with the famous slogan Nunc est Bibendum - now is the time to drink.
Other notable pieces include:
"Light is Love" by Chris Levine, shown in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2007 is located in Boundary Bar. Chris Levine is one of the world's leading light artists, recently known for Equanimity, the historic hologram portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. www.chrislevine.com
Parisian graffiti artist Blek le Rat has provided a substantial 8-piece work that is displayed at various points throughout the building.
Noelle Hoeppe, an established Parisian photographer, is famous for her sensual pictures of half-clothed women. Her work sets the tone at Boundary Bar.
The majority of the art collection is located in the bedrooms and suites. As an example, Sir Terence Conran’s suite includes work by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard Smith and E Mulier. The British Room includes a David Hockey print with a personal annotation and a Ned Conran oil on canvas, to mention just a few. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any specific interest in the collection or simply require further information.