New Hotel to be Dedicated to Aboriginal Artist Tommy Watson

New Hotel to be Dedicated to Aboriginal Artist Tommy Watson
Tommy Watson

Art Series Hotels, an Australian art-themed hotel chain, recently announced that they would be adding a fourth hotel to the chain dedicated to the work of world renowned Australian Aboriginal artist Tommy Watson.

Opening in September 2012, The Watson, which will be the first Art Series Hotel in South Australia’s capital city Adelaide, will consist of 270 apartments and 50 to 60 5-star hotel rooms.  Featuring restaurants, an artist-in-residence studio and a commercial business centre, the nine story complex will showcase works by Watson throughout the rooms and public areas.

As well as being able to experience Watson’s amazing art, guests will be treated to art inspired experiences including an art channel and art library in every suite as well as access to private tours and an in-house art curator.

According to Art Series Hotels CEO Will Deague, “We always wanted to include an indigenous artist in the Art Series Hotel Group and are delighted to have such a preeminent indigenous artist in our fold to celebrate and educate our guests about this important aspect of artistic expression in Australia”.

Regarded as one of Australia’s greatest living artists, Watson is a three time finalist of the Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, is held in all major public collections of Indigenous art and has a permanent presence at the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris.

Tommy Watson is a senior Pitjantjatjara elder who was born around 1935 in a remote part of Western Australia where, as a young man, he lived a semi-nomadic lifestyle with his family walking thousands of kilometres from waterhole to waterhole.

Tommy Watson will join fellow living Australian artists Adam Cullen, John Olsen and Charles Blackman as recipients of the honour of having a hotel dedicated to their work.