Gregory Burns – Inspiring and Inspired at The Cumberland Hotel:
For a month now, contemporary artist and former Paralympian Gregory Burns has been staying at The Cumberland Hotel. And, after painting in the lobby every day, sourcing inspiration from the staff, the guests and from the hotel itself, he has produced a wonderful series of paintings .
I went along to see for myself, slightly dubious. After all, shouldn’t artists be starving in a garret somewhere, not living it up in one of London’s finest hotels?
I genuinely like the paintings. They are my London as much as anyone else’s, authentic representations of the City I know and love.
But then, Gregory Burns came to the project with a passion. As he said –
I love exploring London taking my art pad wherever I go. Thanks to The Cumberland Hotel I have a chance to speak to guests and staff from all over the world and capture what London means to them. My painting is inspired by a collection of people with personal experiences and I look forward to adding to it over the next few weeks.”
Gregory Burns is the very first ‘Artist in Residence’ at the Cumberland. Gregory is an inspirational individual having competed in three Paralympic games and won six gold and silver medals. Today, as an internationally renowned contemporary artist his work is exhibited all over the world.
If you’d like to see for yourself, all the paintings are still on display in the Hotel lobby. You could pop in for a drink or stay and enjoy a meal in one of the hotel’s restaurants.
Or, if you’d like to get really involved, to celebrate their first ever ‘Artist in Residence’ The Cumberland Hotel is offering guests a unique ‘Art-full’ stay package*. Teaming up with London Walks, guests will be guided through some of the best art hot spots in the area followed by a ‘art inspired’ cocktail with a chance to meet ‘live-in’ artist Gregory Burns and a tailor made art pack provided in their room so they can capture their own memories of their time in London.
To stay at The Cumberland and enjoy the ‘Art-full’ stay experience please check the hotel website here or quote “Art-full stay” via The Cumberland Hotel phone booking service on 0871 376 9014.