The Berkeley Square Hotel offers visitors a stunning and unique visual experience, immersing them in art for the duration of their stay. After entering the hotel, a glass door reveals the Square Gallery beyond. Changing works of art are continually on display throughout the Square Gallery and Lower Deck bar. This permanent exhibition space has played host to modern works of art from over 50 artists since 2007.
Additionally, the hotel above the gallery is home to an impressive permanent art collection. Each floor has been given over to a single artist whose original works permeate the bedrooms and public spaces.
Open Gallery - Permanent Video Painting Installation
The video painting movement is a unique form of video art pioneered by London based Open Gallery. Shot using a stationary camera, a fixed lens and with no subsequent editing, video paintings challenge the narrative traditions of film and video. There is no music, no dialogue - no sound of any kind. The work is combined into series that play in intelligent sequences determined by the artist. And yet never repeat. By evading familiar narratives, video paintings encourage us to see the world afresh and discover in the everyday the limitations and constraints of language and meaning, we are led childlike into the fractal richness of the world. While video painting seeks to avoid narrative closure and pursues openness, elements of meaning are reintroduced through the title of each video painting and in the way the video paintings combine as a series.
Jim Starr - 100th Show
Bristol based painter, illustrator and printmaker Jim Starr is holding his 100th show with us this month. After exhibiting in London, Paris, New York and most recently Chicago, Jim is returning to his home and studio in Stokes Croft where he creates most of his unique and complex works. His new series of paintings and large scale ‘remixed’ screen prints have been inspired by his lifelong enjoyment of bird-watching and the natural world. The influences of Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Jim Dine are also apparent in the references of pop and street culture throughout his work.
Karen Edwards - Summer Sculpture Show
Ceramicist, Karen Edwards is showcasing her new works on the Square Terrace this Summer. Karen creates sculptures which bring harmony to their outdoor settings, often combining inpiration found in plants, landscapes and clay. Sculptures vary in size from tiny pebbles to large, impressive structures and are all built by hand using a variety of techniques and textures. Colour is applied after the first firing, occasionally working with an underglaze, and the high temperature of the second firing vitrifies the clay so that the pieces can be left outside to provide a visual focus throughout all seasons.
Sanchita Islam - Specially Commissioned for Berkeley Square
Each of our hotel rooms have specially commissioned art works created by Sanchita Islam, founder of Pigment Explosion. Sanchita is an artist, writer and film-maker based in East London and has exhibited at the Whitechapel, ICA and Hayward Gallery and completed over 100 group/solo shows and screenings of her films. The Pigment Explosion project was initially set up to perform live art events in the Brick Lane area but since 1999 has branched out into film, painting, drawing, writing, plays, photography and book production. We are fortunate enough to have over 50 individual pieces based on the Pigment Blues series that explore expression and light and use wax to create random shapes, which assume a new meaning in an abstract context.
They have also been producing creative & viral media since 2006 under the 1lovemedia banner and have been based in the Canteen Building, Stokes Croft, Bristol for 3 years. They personify the vibrant artistic culture of Bristol continueing to produce various POP UP exhibitions in Bristol and London. Recent ‘Pop Up’ galleries have been next to the pipe and slippers – The Art Store in Stokes Croft and in BS8 on Park Street.
Julian Cox ARBS is a qualified, Bristol-based artist with more than twenty-five years professional experience. In 2006 he was elected to the Royal British Society of Sculptors for his carved wood and cast bronze pieces. In 2008 he started to sell Indian ink drawings of nudes and related abstract designs which enabled his work to reach a wider audience. Stylistically, Julian’s work, which can be described as minimalist, is composed of curves, points and pierced areas combined in such a way as to represent the female figure with a minimum of form and line.
Kathy comes from Cork in the south of Ireland and moved to England 25 years ago.
“I like to capture a sense of light and the movement of nature in my paintings. By instinct rather than design I seem to have developed two main themes.
The “Irish” theme is inspired by the wild Atlantic coastline of West Cork, Kerry and Co. Clare and the ever changing light over the barren rocky landscape of the Burren.
Many of Mary's screen prints feature mathematical graphs or patterns. By conforming to the rigorous logic and rules, the end result, for the mathematician, will often be elegant, concise and beautiful, but to achieve that, she/he must conform to the conventions of their subject, using the corset as a metaphor for mental discipline. She was short listed for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in recognition of her work.
Paul is a young and dynamic photographer with a keen interest in the medium and is not afraid of any kind of challenge. With a photojournalistic/reportage approach to wedding photography that tells the story of the day. He captures the natural and special moments of life with his unique style.
*All exhibited work is available for purchase*