London has always been one of the most creative cities in the world. With its imagination fuelling landscapes and hubbub of eclectic people, the city has grown into a beating heart in European culture. Whether it’s through the film, theatre, music or art scene, there’s plenty here to fill a years diary, let alone a short stay at the many pay on arrival hotels London.
One scene that has persevered through time is the London art scene. With many colleges and universities offering world-class and renowned practical art courses, institutions such as Central St Martins and the Royal Academy of Art have produced some of the best artists in the world. Below are just some of the contemporary and historical figures who gestated, grew and exploded into the art world from the UK capital.
This amazing artist made his debut in the late 80s’ and become one of the leading figures in the Young British Artist Movement. Creating confrontational and striking installations, this cutting edge artist even ahs his own gallery now. The free to visit Newport Street Gallery near Elephant and Castle showcases pieces by Hirst himself, alongside other international contemporary artists.
Figurative painter Francis Bacon may have been born in County Kildare in Ireland, but lived his formative years in London during the 1920s’. Throughout this tumultuous period living in near poverty, Bacon found the inspiration for his later success through films, reading and paintings he came across in the city. For guests at the Piccadilly Hotel, Bacon’s ”Three Studies For Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion” can be found on display in Tate Britain.
JW Turner is one of the most famous London artists with his work found in the National Gallery among other galleries. With the Turner Gallery now open in Margate on the South coast of England, the artist is best known for his amazing depictions of the world in motion, bringing beautiful and striking oil palettes to the canvas in expressive but realistic landscapes.
Contemporary sculptor Jane Ackroyd has many pieces on public display in London. Trained at Central St Martins School of Art, Jane became known for her exhibitions at the summer galleries of the Royal Academy and her work can be found in places such as Leicester and Gibraltar.
Born in Croydon, Tracey Emin was one of the most notable Young British Artists who started their careers in the 1980s’. With a range of autobiographical work, Tracey’s paintings, sculptures, textiles and video art explore a range of intimate subject, making her a potent and still present force in the London art scene.
The classic 18th-century artist Mary Moser is famed for her vibrant paintings of flowers and was one of the founding members of the Royal Academy alongside fellow female artist Angelica Kauffman. With her work still on display in the famous art school, Mary Moser’s work can easily be seen by guests using London Hotel advance purchase offers in the centre of the city.