Puccini Inspiration (The Designer)
Understanding the new brand identity for the dining room was key in developing the focal artwork for both the dining room as well as the bar. The modern renditions of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, are meant to create a playful respect of her in Q, with the dining room’s name being a contemporary nod to her. The large portraits will evoke an avant garde sophistication that will treat the space as a modern art gallery.
There are ten panels in total; each are 60” wide and 96” high, framed with a simple satin brass profile.
The prints are designed on “Silverflash”, a silver mylar substrate that is laminated to canvas. The beauty of this product is that it can be used without glazing, so there is never an issue of glare from glass or Plexiglas. It can be wiped gently with a slightly damp cloth should it require cleaning.
The concept behind the art is driven by the overarching concept Puccini developed for all the F&B outlets. “We (Puccini) wanted to add a bold and impactful piece of contemporary art in these spaces, but also wanted to give a nod to the historical richness that the Empress and city of Victoria hold; who better than Queen Victoria to depict that. The combination of the old world portraits with modern overlays relates to the renovation flawlessly.”
Julie Coyle Inspiration (Artist/Production)
Julie’s thoughts: The driving principle behind the work that we produce at JCAA is to enhance a person’s experience of a space through relevant and creative artwork. If the guest gets a smile, or is caused to think about the artwork, we have done our job. When we were asked to take on the project at the Empress, we were shown images of what had been proposed previously, and knew that ownership wanted a unique direction. We thought that it was critical to weave history into the art, but in a modern way. Working with Puccini Group, we thought that it would be very impactful to show various portraits of Queen Victoria, during phases of her life shown in a contemporary way. The purple accents for the Dining Queens were selected by Puccini, to coordinate with their furnishings. We had some real fun with the Bar Queens! A combination of paintball splashes and superimposed playing cards give them a lighthearted and modern feel, perfect for the bar.