World-leading hotel launches with art experience by Bert
If you’re seeking a unique hotel experience, look no further than the Hampton by Hilton Hotel Torquay. For those of you who have been following my journey, you'll know it has been two years of the most joyous of collaborations with THAT Property Group to get to this day.
They're a pretty special bunch, open to every creative possibility. I still feel blown away that they chose me as the artist for this development - I have to pinch myself every time I step inside the hotel!!
This new development combines contemporary coastal interiors with my original art installations. Celebrating life on the South Coast; reinventing the Great British holiday. The interiors by THAT Group combine lux textures of velvet, brass and mirror alongside bold panelling and warm fluted walnut finishes.
The art reflects my deep love of the ocean, the creatures in it and above it, and of course, the life I love on the South Devon coast. And yes, it features my sweetest series yet with The 99 and Oops! From massive wall murals to super sized canvases and wallpapers, there's a playful coastal narrative throughout. There’s more besides the seaside!
I love the huge tessellating Shoal mural with its geometric waves and three dimensional fish. The background was created using a CNC process finished with a sea foam inspired wash. Each fish was individually created, hand sanded, sprayed and lacquered with colours reflective of salty water, rich seaweeds and fishy scales. The fish slot perfectly into the tessellating waves, combining maths and art for a majestic finish from every angle.
I couldn't have done this commission without a few friends along the way. Incredible makers from Devon and beyond, who helped me to craft every art work to perfection. Their passion was unfathomable, even with my millimetre perfect demands from every angle.
I hope my art makes for a more memorable stay for each and every guest. And if you're visiting, head to the new Bert & Buoy concession in the Lobby to take home a little #nauticalniceness too!