A hotel room with a view of the Manhattan Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Williamsburg Savings Bank? That’s geographically impossible! Not at NU Hotel Brooklyn, where guests can immerse themselves in the borough when staying in select guestrooms painted with Brooklyn-themed wall murals.
As part of our NU Perspectives Project, the 93-room boutique hotel has given creative license to a variety of artists to liven up the largest guestrooms. The hotel’s white walls and loft-like design serve as a blank canvas on which artists can put their signature creations. The murals give the rooms color and an edge, while maintaining a comfortable feel and a uniquely Brooklyn look.
Meet the artists behind our NU Perspective wall murals:
ICY and SOT, Room 202
Hailing from the city of Tabriz in North West Iran, brothers ICY AND SOT continue on their creative crusade to traverse pre-conceived perceptions of traditional Iranian art’s brevity through their highly intricate yet striking stencil artworks. Despite Iran’s cultural flourishing since the 2009 uprisings in Tehran, the challenges faced by creative free expression in the country are a constant struggle for its artists and society today. It is an oppressive force that provokes the Iranian art scene to fluctuate between an inhibited elegance and raw underground energy. This ambiguity is reflected in the vulnerable yet hopeful deep-set imagery of ICY AND SOT’s street art.
Sarah Reynolds, Room 206
Sarah H. Reynolds is a fine artist that has a passion for large-scale charcoal drawings. Her signature aesthetic is inspired by her visceral connection to the particular subject. Her work has been recently featured in Miami’s Art Basel, art galleries throughout New York, and has collaborated with illustrious brands such as Calypso St. Barth, Kmart Fashion, Salvatore Ferragamo and Sharpie. Sarah graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a degree in studio art and advertising. A frequent traveler, she is consistently inspired by the creative milieu and also credits her work aesthetic from her surroundings. She says when she initially starts a project she immediately connects to it and allows the creative process to unfold by paying extra attention to the structure, depth, and minutia of each subject. She considers her technique to be meticulous, profound and dramatic. Sarah is based in Brooklyn, New York. www.sarahhreynolds.com
Laura Hollick, Room 207
Laura Hollick is a soul art shaman, an award-winning artist, visionary guide and global activist for the nü earth. After walking 10,000km on a vision quest, Laura clarified her purpose and dove into business to realize it. She is the creator of Soul Art Studio Inc., a business devoted to circulating love around the planet with creative inspiration. BRAVO TV created a documentary about Laura’s art and life called ‘The Artist Life: Laura Hollick’. She has hosted and produced over 500 radio shows for 93.3 FM CFMU called ‘The Artist’s Lifestyle’. Laura’s art and insights inspire audiences around the world with her global projects like International Soul Art Day, The Global Vision Quest, nü Icon: The Movie, and her TEDx talk called ‘You are the Art’. You can learn more about Laura and her Soul Art work at: www.laurahollick.com/
Adam Suerte, Room 302
Born and bred in South Brooklyn, the streets served as Adam’s canvas long before he was putting the streets on canvas. Drawing inspiration from his own graffiti career and his deep Brooklyn roots, his paintings often depict the area he grew up in as the wave of gentrification covers the finer details of the neighborhood he remembers and loves. Suerte is the founder of Urban Folk Art© Studios (an artist collective and gallery) and co-founder and co-owner of Brooklyn Tattoo®. He continues to make art on many levels in many mediums, from painting to illustrating, to making comics, to print making. Visit www.adamsuerte.com/about to learn about this artist and check out this video on the creation of Room 302.
Steven Weinberg, Room 303
Steven Weinberg is an artist in Brooklyn, NY. He illustrated To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story with his girlfriend/writer/regular collaborator Casey Scieszka about the two years they lived around the world from Beijing to Timbuktu. He also does a variety of freelance illustration, cartoons and paintings for individuals, bars, restaurants, ad agencies and more.
Kendra Beitzel, Room 306
Native Texan and Philadelphia raised, Kendra Beitzel now calls New York City her home. By day she is a textile designer, and by night an avid painter, stitch artist and screen printer. Her artwork leverages strong repetition of patterns and natural elements that show our environments and experiences stitched together. Kendra has been able to blend her love of textiles and stitch into her work, and continues to grow as an artist with the constant inspirations and opportunities that New York City offers every day.
Dirty Bandits, Room 401
Like all work from Dirty Bandits, the pieces in this room focus on word play and stylized, hand drawn type. Dirty Bandits is a small design shop in Brooklyn run by Annica Lydenberg, a lettering artist, designer, and illustrator with a deep obsession with type. Annica creates typography that is hand drawn, not using fonts, pulling stylistic influence from an ever growing photographic library of found type. Works are executed with screen printing, painting and pen and ink. www.dirtybandits.com
Myla Seabrook, Room 402
A Brooklyn native, Myla Seabrook is a young artist seeking a place for traditional landscape oil painting in a contemporary world. Seabrook, a Hofstra University graduate, is well versed in oil and acrylic painting and inspired by both the natural world and literary fiction. She creates vistas that push the boundaries of dramatic color and scale. Seabrook uses a ‘hyper-pigmentation’ method, which results in colors that would not normally be found in traditional landscape art, to emphasize the vibrancy of the world around us, both visually and spiritually. Seabrook has exhibited at CreativeBloch Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and Union Street Gallery in Chicago, IL, and a solo pop-up showcase at Rabbithole Projects in Brooklyn, NY. The artist currently produces work in the Brooklyn Art Space studios in Brooklyn, New York, while residing in Queens www.mylaseabrook.com/
Saroj Patel, Room 403
Saroj Patel is a London based artist and designer whose practice encompasses illustration, painting, graphic design, typography and art direction. Nature is a compelling part of her work which she incorporates with decorative arrangements of organic forms, flora and wildlife, creating a distinctive hand drawn style that displays a fluidity of movement through the use of patterns, lines and color. Saroj draws inspiration from exploring the natural and built environments around her, from wandering city streets to hiking in forests and mountains, capturing moments of stillness and chaos, embracing and absorbing the beauty in every moment. “For room 403 at the NU Hotel Brooklyn, I wanted to create a space where you can be engulfed in color, pattern and nature, where oversized birds and flowers become part of your dreams and for a moment you escape the chaos of the city.” For more information about the artist, you can visit her webpage at www.sarojpatel.com
Michael Sorgatz, Room 404
Currently living in NYC, Michael Sorgatz was born in Chicago and lived in California where he earned a BFA degree at the Art Institute of Southern California. Sorgatz publishes the websites Art in Brooklyn and Art in New York City which promote local artists. Sorgatz’ paintings of figures in urban landscapes depict the constant evolution of the city, exploring the boundary between abstraction and realism. Working from digitally manipulated photographs, he systematically breaks down the image by overlaying a geometric pattern and reducing the image to a series of simple shapes. Using an improvisational method, he applies the paint with a variety of tools such as brushes and painting knives. This technique creates a highly textured surface as layers of paint are applied to build the picture, obscuring identities and context. The resulting images portray a dynamic state of turbulence where shapes collide, merge, and separate to create new forms. For more information about the artist, visit http://www.mikesorgatz.com/
Natalie Lomeli, Room 406
Natalie Lomeli received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, located in Portland OR. Originally from Southern California, Lomeli moved east to New York City shortly after her graduation in May 2011. Since locating to New York she has played an active role in the emerging art community in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. She is a member of the Gowanus Swim Society, an art collective who presented an installation at Governor’s Island Art Fair in September of 2014. She has also painted murals for Rudy’s Barbershop of Portland OR and The Ace Hotel New York. Lomeli is an alumni of the Vermont Studio Center Residency and the Brooklyn Art Space Residency program, as well the Anderson Ranch Art Center. Her work has been featured in a group exhibition at The Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco, a solo exhibition at the Higgins Gallery in Portland, OR and numerous shows at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.. More information about the artitst can be found at www.natalielomeli.com.
John “JC” Carr, Room 424
With over 18 years of experience in New York City as artist and designer, John “JC” Carr has developed a reputation for producing ideas and visual communications that transcend the clutter. JC’s creative career spans an eclectic mix of mediums – including fine art, branding, illustration, art/video installations, UI/UX design and web development. A graduate of The Art Center, he is inspired by the energy of New York City, its creative inhabitants and the never-ending hustle. John keeps busy by showing in some of NYC’s top Galleries, painting murals all over the city and continuing to progress in the studio. He is also a prolific street artist with hundreds of prints wheat-pasted throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. With this work, he looks to liberate the visual landscape from the over-saturation of advertising and corporate signage. For more information about the artist, visit: www.jcinnyc.com