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Inspiration is everywhere at Viceroy Santa Monica, starting with the very first sight that greets you: a mural on our eight-story façade. This is your entrée to our evocative world, where quiet moments are found under the shade of palm trees, yet imagination is continually awakened by bold design and thought-provoking art. Keep your eyes open, and we’ll keep your senses piqued. Throughout the hotel, we’ve collaborated with local artists to create breathtaking murals, digitally augmented paintings, and much more, all of which reflect our vibrant soul and the creative community that surrounds us. It’s all part of Viceroy’s A Canvas For Discovery initiative, which puts original, site-specific works created by innovative artists at the forefront of our hotels to welcome you and guide your journey.
Viceroy Santa Monica Reimagined
Inspired by infinite ocean horizons and sandy, west coast shorelines, Erin Miller Wray’s “Endless” embodies its name with mid-century modern shapes, colors and clean lines. This bold, youthful and eclectic piece was inspired by the rich history of Santa Monica and was designed to celebrate the beauty of the past while connecting us to the excitement of our evolving future.
Erin Miller Wray is an artist and designer specializing in hand-painted visual branding. EMW began her career in large-scale projects after learning the social benefits of public artwork in communities. Through her exploration of modern, energetic shapes and colors, she hopes to enhance the well-being of community members through access to public art. Her pieces are inspired by the community and the history of the area around the mural site and are designed to encourage audiences to explore creativity, possibility, healthy lifestyles, and engagement with others.
Like plants, people’s outward appearances often look very different. But our inner similarities are the unseen roots that connect ecosystems, both natural and social. In Spencer Mar Guilburt’s piece, the black lines represent a plant's underground root system. The palm leaves represent people, and closely resemble the curves of the human body, symbolizing our return to nature and the earth that created us. The blue rectangle represents the ocean and water, our great life bringers, while the yellow circle depicts the sun shining over us regardless of shape, color, or creed. The blue window, with sprawling plant life, represent humans collectively looking towards a brighter future – one that includes a more harmonious relationship with our surroundings and reverence for nature.
Meet the Artist - Spencer Mar Guilburt
Spencer Mar Guilburt got the public’s attention in 2010 with his prismacolor street art. His gallery, known for his expressive, inspiring abstract work, now has a celebrity following. MAR portrays feeling and unlocks greater meaning through his thoughtful use of colors, shapes, and textures. He has created installations for global brands including BMW, Adidas, AT&T, Disney, and Neiman Marcus.
In art, there is a tradition that encourages one to rediscover something established by reimagining it through the gaze of our most contemporary eye. In Evelyn Leigh’s art for Viceroy Santa Monica, she reimagines the all-new property through the most basic elements; color and shape. Her simple, yet stunning, contours are bathed in comforting paints that are meant to evoke the calming effect of a body of water, or a palm tree gently waiving in the wind.
Meet the Artist - Evelyn Leigh
Evelyn Leigh's imagination is currently captured by the exploration of geometric patterns and the discovery of images within images, shapes within shapes, and the invention of depth on flat surfaces through color and line. She resides in Los Angeles and paints around the world.
Created by LA-based photographer and mixed media artist, Karen Bystedt, who photographed Andy Warhol in the early ’80s. The photographs from that session were lost for decades but have now been restored by Karen alongside an archivist at the Getty Museum. Known now as “The Lost Warhols,” Karen has built upon the collection by inviting fellow artists to paint atop the photographs and add another layer of creativity and collaboration to the pieces. The all-original pieces for Viceroy have been digitally augmented to slowly transform from raw photograph to finished, multi-layered artwork. “Beach House Andy” features Warhol in his Montauk beach home, while scenes of Santa Monica surf & skate culture stream on a vintage television nearby. “Sugar Palm Andy” features a mind-bending, dissolving version of Warhol, and incorporates a color palette pulled directly from the mural at the hotel’s Sugar Palm Poolside.
Karen Bystedt is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Downtown Los Angeles whose work is collected and shown around the globe. Bystedt’s work transcends the limitations of society’s expectations of what is and looks into the future of art through COLLABORATION, INCLUSION, and LOVE in a digital age.
Traditionally working only in black and white, this series marks Monica's bold step into color. Inspired by the sudden isolation resulting from the 2020 quarantine, these 9 pieces represent both the beauty within each of us, as well as a celebration of being able to coexist with one another again. The series itself is divided in half: Four paintings situated together in the lounge showcase continuous strokes across five different colors. The other five, situated in the dining room, are ten different paintings, all cut in half, and combined into unique, singular pieces. As a full collection, “Melt Into Love” is a celebration of the moments when our individual beauty combines together, and the unexpected joy that results in those moments.
Monica Perez’s works are expressions of emotion—impulsive, spontaneous gestures of hands-on canvas. Her aesthetic unites paint and design with strokes of abandon and constraints of composition. She predominantly works in acrylic and often merges tactile and digital techniques in a single piece. Monica trained as a graphic designer in New York City and worked as a Creative Director for over a decade at top design and production studios. Monica now focuses exclusively on her art. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Monica now lives in Venice with her husband, two children, and their French Bulldog, Storm.