St. Regis Hotel, Toronto Canada
Kevin Barry Fine Art’s work on the LOUIX LOUIS bar at the St. Regis Toronto is themed around whiskey, a drink that has historical importance in the area and was at one point the city’s most popular export.
Design Firm: DesignAgency
To bring the room together in a celebration of the history and the beauty of a glass of whisky, KBFA commissioned an original piece by local artist Madison van Rijn to create a 60 x 19-foot ceiling mural that evokes the imagery of whisky poured into a glass. Swirling waves of amber are reminiscent of the way one swirls around whiskey in a glass to release the aroma of the spirit, also referred to as the “bouquet”. To heighten the effect of the work, artist Madison van Rijn hand-painted gold leafing along the piece to give it that extra shimmer to take it from abstract beauty into opulence.
Additional artwork in LOUIX LOUIS curated by our hospitality art consultants references the whiskey distillation process through art made of oak or a deconstructed sculpture of a barrel splayed flat. Fluted or striated designs reference the fluted crystal glassware favored by whiskey connoisseurs.
Feel inspired to swirl a bouquet of your own after reading about this project? Get the recipe for a New York Sour over at our blog.
“Working with local artists that were raised in or currently work in the project locale brings a style that feels inherently true to the sense of place. The St. Regis Toronto is looking to welcome and connect with their local community, and highlighting a local artist is one creative way to bridge that gap”
– Allison Barry, Principal, Kevin Barry Fine Art