From the archive: This post was published on our original site, MyCityLife back on 26 May 2014
The Hilton Brisbane Hotel in itself is a marker to design and innovation, designed by renowned Australian architect Harry Seidler. Stylishly decorated and home to stunning city views, this multi-faceted five-star hotel is also home to The Vintaged Bar, a cocktail and champagne haven with the gem of this glittering crown: the open grill and interactive culinary spectacle of Vintaged Bar + Grill with its understated elegance and featuring the skills of Executive Chef Jeremy Clarkson and Sous Chef Dario Fiorino.
The Vintaged Bar remains an altar to Seidler’s style of technology and his artistic tastes. The bar has been transformed into a work of art for local artist Simon Degroot, featuring a hand-painted, large-scale mural with a reinterpretation of a sketch by Harry Seidler.
As a renown Australian artist, Simon Degroot has a signature style that explores, then reworks the antecedent and the past. With a bundle of art exhibits and galleries featured all over Brisbane, you’ll also find one of Simon’s well-known murals at Iceworks Bar in Paddington.
His latest mural commissioned for Hilton Brisbane is a rework of a photocopy of Henri Matisse’ original Le Lagon. Related to Matisse’ memories of Tahiti, The Lagoon was initially released as part of the 1942 publication, ‘Jazz’.
The design of Simon’s mural was originally appropriated from a photocopy of a photocopy from Harry Seidler’s office, and now features as the dominant subject when first entering into the central atrium of Hilton Brisbane as an ode to visual Chinese whispers. Rework, redraft, redraw and reconstruct prominently features as a theme in Simon’s newest work, as he reinterprets the original designs.
At 18m2, the artwork is indeed magnetic and striking, positioned above Vintaged Bar + Grill. The free exhibition After Image also features the creative process Simon tackled in developing this substantial piece. 12 sketches of working samples from the original mural are on display in the business centre on level six of Hilton Brisbane until Saturday, August 30.