Murals and public art are a distinguishing part of public history and evolving culture.
“It reflects and reveals our society, adds meaning to our cities and uniqueness to our communities. Public art humanizes the built environment and invigorates public spaces. It provides an intersection between past, present and future, between disciplines, and between ideas,” according to Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Council.
When it comes to a hotel, art can relay the story you’d like to tell your guests, give clues to what kind of hotel you are and provide an opportunity to start a one-way conversation with your guests. It also plays a huge role in how it made them feel during their stay.
According to BlackBrick owners,
“Murals are an important part of neighbourhood upliftment so we decided to take that same approach inside the rooms to reinforce their positioning within our Vertical Village concept. Art gives the spaces a unique identity as all the mural art created are once-off pieces that can only be found at BlackBrick.”
The art featured in BlackBrick club has been created by two artists who were selected as their work is well suited to the urban context. “They also have very contrasting styles coming from diverse backgrounds. Sarah’s work reconnects us with nature which is much needed due to disconnect from the high frequency of Joburg. Fhatu’s work has a playful uplifting energy that allows us to gear down a few notches after an intense day of work," says BlackBrick design team.
MEET THE ARTISTS OF BLACKBRICK
Fhatuwani is a man of many talents and Executive Creative Director and Co-founder of ‘I See A Different You’, or at least that's what he does from 9 to 5. After that, he enters his own creative space to work on new projects. His personal mission is to make art more relevant. His work focuses on changing peoples’ perspective and perception of humble beginnings.
Growing up in a township made him see the world in a positive light and celebrate solving life's problems creatively. He draws pictures that breathe life into canvases and paints works of art that give colour to an empty soul. His many subjects are a safe place, mostly drawing images of kids in their parents arms.
See more of Fhatuwani’s work here.
Sarah Grace works and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. She can’t remember a time without art; she was homeschooled by her parents (both fine artists) and was given the freedom to paint and create from a young age.
“Art is my life, it's never been a separate thing it’s always been a part of everyday living.” Her love for nature and the beauty of the African continent with its diverse ecosystem inspires her. She creates work that communicates her own experiences of the natural world.
“Going into nature, to the wild places hardly touched by human hands, my desire is to capture the spirit or essence of the place. To create an emotional connection between myself, the viewer and nature.”
Using non traditional methods of painting to pour, scrape and slide paint over the canvas, with tools not commonly found in painting - to create stains and pools of colour that echo shadows and textures found in natural spaces. Layering textures to create a sense of movement and life in every painting.
Sarah Grace is fascinated by the tension between our synthetic lives and the natural eco-systems that initiated our existence. Her work explores the harmony of living in accordance with nature, and the damage done by a society that has forgotten this balance. “I love to make work that reminds people of their connection to the planet and the natural world. To see the world as children again, see the beauty of existence and the devastation of disrupting nature.”
See more of Sarah’s work here.