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The debauchery and nihilism of the 1970s rock scene is perfectly captured in the Andaz West Hollywood Hotel, a hotel on the Sunset Strip that was famously known as the "Riot Hyatt".
Bands like The Doors, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin all spent time at the hotel, trashing their rooms, starting fires and convincing their managers to pick up the tab. Keith Richards made room 1015 famous for dropping a TV out the window and drummer John Bonham reportedly rode a motorcycle along the hallways during a stay.
The "Andaz West Hollywood" Collection features artwork spanning multiple genres of music including rock, blues, and hip hop.
British artist Niki Hare heightens the impact of the written word by adding layers of photographic images and starkly muted contrasting color to draw your attention to the power of Nina's Simones civil rights protest song lyrics.
Spanish artist Mercedes Lagunas' vibrant color palette explodes with musical energy in her vibrant portrait of the legendary Muddy Waters, infused with random lyrics from his iconic song "Hoochie Coochie Man".
Led Zeppelin's masterpiece "Stairway To Heaven" tells the story of "a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold" who is "buying a stairway to heaven". The essence of her mysterious journey to paradise is captured by French Canadian artist Jean-Daniel Rohrer in his multi-media collage where layers upon layers of imagery both reveal and conceal at the same time. The plethora of Zeppelin iconography blended throughout the painting is sure to please die hard fans of the band. But for those late night moments where the call for deeper introspection comes through the whispering wind, the painting's layered colors, paint splatter, and mesmerizing imagery offers a feast for the imagination. As this paradise story goes: "There's a sign on the wall, but she wants to be sure 'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings".
The 1969 movie Easy Rider is a counter culture classic that defines the failed hippy American dream. Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild" will forever be associated with scenes of Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper cruising down the highway on their motorcycles, looking cool and searching for the meaning of freedom. Toronto collage artist Peter Horvath connects the dots between the song and Peter Fonda's iconic "Captain America" persona using imagery that speaks to a time and place in history when the movie and soundtrack were part of the social zeitgeist. The artwork even includes a crushed beer can and a crumpled pack of cigarettes, representing random discards along the highway as one is "looking for adventure, or whatever comes my way".
Toronto artist Peter Horvath takes a deep dive into the iconography behind Childish Gambino's "This Is America". With a creative eye on composition and a flare for storytelling, the artist assembles collage pieces that capture the mood and iconography of Gambino's rebellious world. This includes spelling out the unforgettable lyric "Grandma told me get your money. This is America"
"I like the way you talk" is the growling flirty phrase from John Lee Hooker's classic blues song "Boom Boom" that inspired Toronto artist Peter Horvath to make his JLH tribute artwork.
French Canadian artist Jerome Rochette's unique street-pop-graffiti style is employed with whimsical brilliance as it explores the wicked irony of a "gangsta's paradise". Inspired by Coolio's 1995 hit song, Rochette's imagery tells us that it's a jungle out there in the mean streets of urban America; an unforgiving place ruled by gangsta-kings with an iron fist and meditative mind: "As they croak, I see myself in the pistol smoke". POW!
LA artist Lucky Luie draws inspiration from the classic Abby Road album cover. By reimagining the perspective of this famous image of the Fab Four, the artist breathes new life into something iconic and perhaps overly familiar. Adding further intrigue into the scene, Lucky Luie incorporates the lyrics "Get back to where you once belonged" into the scene; but of course, as any major fan of the Beatles knows, the song Get Back is not on the album Abby Road. Perhaps the artist is trying to tell us something about the Beatles or maybe even ourselves; either way it's always fun when something gets your mind a-wonderin'.
Pam Grier, AKA "Foxy Brown" epitomizes the Black Siren sex symbol. Her powerful, seductive gaze dares you to look at her gorgeous naked body. This challenge is the perfect fit for Peter Horvath's tribute to Jim Morrison's lyrics: "Do you think you'll be the guy to make the queen of the angels sigh" from the song "Hello, I love you"
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