Joanna Karpowicz

Painter, illustrator and comic artist

Room 666

Hotels were always my great fascination. Not because I’m so much into a hospitality business, but because each of them is a little universe, governed by its own rules. And every universe has its mysteries, well hidden from guest’s eyes. By entering a hotel lobby or a room we become a part of this universe, but we almost never go deeper. “Room 666”, my first individual painting exhibition was an attempt of portraying a hotel inner life. The exhibition took place at the Nova Gallery (Art Agenda Nova, on march 2003).

“Room 666”, 200 x 70 cm, 2003. Picture taken in the old atelier on Piłsudskiego street, Cracow.

Obviously, I’m not the only one inspired by a hotel. “Hotel California”, by the Eagels, is a place where “You can check-out any time you like, But you can never leave!”.  Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel”, where “the desk clerks are dressed in black” is one sad business, welcoming all those who were “to long on a lonely street”. There is The Overlook Hotel in “Shining” by Stephen King – majestic and haunted. Everybody knows those memes. There are, of course, many more – those of you, curious about the subject can check out Mr. David Porter’s article “Hotels in the Arts: Special Places in Film, Music and Literature”.

“The maid”, 150×120 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2003

Back to “Room 666”. I apologize for a quality of reproductions, I’ve lost the good ones and I’m not able to show you full exhibition material. However, photos placed in this post are showing the mood quite well.

Some of the pictures were inspired by a real hotel – “Hotel Grand” in Cracow. Back in those days I knew somebody who was working there for a few months as an executive manager. Under the shiny surface of this XIX century establishment lie many secrets.  An old elevator is carrying many stories. Bored waiters could also reveal a secret or two.

“Waiters”, 200 x 80 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2003.

“Guests”, 180 x 110 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2003

“Boy”, 45 x 30 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2003

“Bartender”, 20 x 38 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2003

“Red coach”, 70×40 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2003

“Night city”, 180×120 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2003

“Room 666” – a frame from the original picture

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