First stop was to vibrant Brisbane where CEO Will Deague, was joined by the inspiration behind the new hotel Michael Johnson, along with his nearest and dearest for an intimate and elegant lunch at Stokehouse Q.
Michael Johnson and Will Deague
Guests were treated to a unique experience with a sneak peek of the in-room documentary on Michael, as well as enjoying the opportunity to reflect with him and his family on his life as an artist. Michael shared stories of his time in Townsville and the import role Brisbane has played on his life work.
The following day it was off to Sydney with a contemporary lunch at Regatta Restaurant in Rose Bay. With the water lapping at the feet of the restaurant in perfect view across from the harbour, Michael reminisced about his hometown Mosman, as guests enjoyed oysters canapés and roasted king salmon. An inspired menu, as the ocean and nature featuring in an array of Michael’s works.
The focus of the day was to paint a picture of the depth and alluring aspects of Michael’s work, as well as showcase the immersive experiences that will be available at The Johnson.
Ken McGregor, Art Series’ long-time art advisor shed an extraordinary amount of light on Michael’s work. Will Deague toasted to the hotel’s exciting opening, set for September 2016 and reflected on the hard and soulful work that has gone into the restoration of the heritage-listed building in Spring Hill, Brisbane.
With a nod to one of Johnson’s most iconic paintings ‘Tumbling Stone’ that will grace the walls of the hotel, guests name places were marked by painted cobble stones, with Michael slipping a few into his pocket to skim across the river as he left.
Guests took home their own copy of Michael’s biography, and with a paint brush in hand were off to create their own interpretation of their vivid encounter with one of Australia’s most impressive abstract artists.
Bookings from 1st September for The Johnson are now on sale.