Banksy’s controversial works grabbed the headlines world wide in the stoutly baroque Bristol Museum, so it is fitting that a hundred metres away, a seemingly traditional Georgian terrace hides Bristol’s first Art Hotel.
Sitting atop the Square Gallery, the boutique 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. This ground floor room and basement below are permanent exhibition spaces that have played host to works by over fifty artists since 2007.
A large installation by the London video art gallery, Open is showcased in the lounge and bar which is revolutionizing moving imagery – the video painting.
In addition to these installations the Square Gallery presents four exhibitions each year of new work across a variety of media. The opening of each exhibition is marked by an evening private view, which offers art lovers across Bristol the chance to come and enjoy the Square experience and meet the artists whose work makes the space so special.
1LOVEART started producing shows and selling art in Feb 2008.
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. Julian has continually shown his drawings at the Square, Rodney and Clifton Hotels.
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.
Because of the systematic deforestation in Ireland the “English” theme if focussed on woodland areas
“I love sketching all aspects of trees from close up studies of the patterns in the bark of a trunk to the panoramic glory of autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum.”
Mary is a printmaker based in Bristol and currently a member of Spike Print Studio.
Many of her 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*