Exhibition: Richard Orlinski at Sofitel St James
"By creating, I release my positive energy. I would like my creations to help men channel their black thoughts, transform them into beauty." – Richard Orlinski
There are surprises in store at Sofitel St James’s. Behind its grand façade – the Grade-II listed building was formerly a bank – are a whole menagerie of animal sculptures, occupying the lobby until 10th November.
These unusual guests are the creations of acclaimed French sculptor Richard Orlinski, and make up his first large-scale exhibition in the UK. Born in Paris in 1966, Orlinski started as an architect and interior designer before turning to sculpture in 2002, using materials ranging from resin and aluminium to marble and bronze to create his dramatic figurines. He’s since become France’s best-selling contemporary artist, with work currently displayed in over 90 galleries around the world.
Orlinski’s sculptures, exhibited in collaboration with UNIT London, represent his ‘Born Wild’ ethos, a message that encourages freedom of spirit and emotion, and reflects on the contrast between animal instincts and human nature.
The tigers, bears and wolves of the collection may exemplify ‘wildness,’ but their geometric shapes and bold, almost garish, colours make them seem playful rather than dangerous. Each animal represents a particular theme: the graffiti-sprayed Wild Kong with Oil is rejecting man’s pollution of the earth; the prancing horse demonstrates the dual nature of a wild animal, tamed.
The art deco grandeur of the hotel lobby works in the sculptures’ favour, by highlighting further the distinction between the savage and the civilized; and the classic, English elegance complements by the nonchalant French cool. From the moment guests enter the hotel, they’re immersed in colour, texture, and fun – and an exhibition that’s full of surprises.
French artist Richard Orlinski, one of France’s most successful contemporary artists will have a selection of his celebrated figurine works on display in the Sofitel London St James hotel from 21st September until 10th November. This will be the first time that he will exhibited these works in the UK.
Sofitel St James
6 Waterloo Pl