We welcome Michael Johnson to the family
Eighty-three spacious suites and two penthouses boasting spectacular views across the city and multi-functional public spaces, will have their walls adorned with the Sydney born artist’s original paintings and giclee prints. Guests will be invited to get up close and personal with the hypnotic trademark horizontal bars, and heavily laden surfaces in his works that have led to Johnson being exhibited both nationally and internationally, for over 40 years.
Johnson’s paintings are informed by an expansive engagement with nature, art history and the urban environment and are well suited to the vibrant subtropical landscape of Brisbane.
"Michael Johnson’s work is characterised by the use of intense colours and highly textured surfaces,” says Jane O’Neil, Art Series Hotel Group’s in-house Art Curator, "Johnson’s paintings are informed by an expansive engagement with nature, art history and the urban environment and are well suited to the vibrant subtropical landscape of Brisbane."
Michael Johnson further comments on having a hotel dedicated to his work, "A hotel should be a place that feels peaceful and slightly different to everyday life. A space where you can dream and recharge. I hope The Johnson can put people in that inspiring zone. Art is always more than an element of decor; it’s a volt of living energy that enlivens a space. The relationship of art and great hotels has a rich history and I am happy to be continuing the story."
Much like our beloved properties in Melbourne, Adelaide and Bendigo, the boutique art hotel is immersed within a bustling inner city neighbourhood, providing a local perspective for guests. With a 15-minute cab ride away from the airport in addition to a short stroll to trendy Fortitude Valley and the CBD, the hotel provides the perfect urban haven for leisure and business travellers alike.
Other exciting features of the hotel include a resort style 50m pool and deck bar, state of the art gym, restaurant, two cafes and meeting and events facilities.
More About Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson is a Sydney-born abstract artist, widely known as a master colourist using trademark horizontal bars and heavily laden surfaces, all alluding to nature.
Johnson most recently won the Wynne Prize for his work Oceania High Low in 2014 (The Wynne Prize, held alongside the Archibald Prize annually at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, is awarded to the best Australian landscape or best figure sculpture).
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