Guests at PocketSquare – the rooftop bar at Hyatt Place London City East – were able to view the showcase of works by Sam Kerridge earlier this year. The exhibition is the fourth in the Curated at Hyatt Place series which showcases regularly changing artists throughout the hotel in Whitechapel.
Sam Kerridge is a London-based artist drawing inspiration from the architecture and ever-changing urban environment of the city to create kaleidoscopic visions that challenge perceptions of space. His creations combine the geometric patterns found in rock formations with the evolving nature of cityscapes.
His work is usually made on the move and begins as an ink drawing in a sketchpad and is made into a finished art piece with a mixture of mediums of street art around London. Sam works with silkscreen prints for his limited-edition collection.
“I envisioned living green cityscape scenes in my recent artwork, imagining clusters of buildings with plants and waterfalls and interconnected walkways and towers weaving across the walls of the courtyard to give a fresh and vibrant atmosphere. The artwork should have a mix of fantasy utopian garden city architecture and nearby London architecture,” says Sam.
The hotel’s General Manager, Michael Mason-Shaw, is passionate about the Curated at Hyatt Place initiative and is committed to promoting and supporting artists through commissions and funding opportunities. All exhibited artwork will be available for purchase, with 25% of the proceeds contributing to an art bursary aimed at supporting new artists in London.
PocketSquare is dedicated to supporting emerging artists and nurturing their talent. The bar has previously collaborated with east London street artist Jay Kaes, textile design graduate Ellen Russell, along with well-known photographers Ben Broomfield, David Stetson and Nick Danziger.
About Sam Kerridge
Sam Kerridge is an accomplished illustrator and printmaker hailing from South London. With a strong passion for the city and its urban surroundings, Sam has developed his own unique style that seamlessly merges architectural detail with his love for printmaking. Drawing inspiration from the ever-changing landscape of London, Sam’s work challenges our perceptions of space and utilizes kaleidoscopic visions that trick the eye. His geometric formations are inspired by the patterns found in crystal rock formations and his love of the natural world. Sam’s work is a true ode to London, and his art can be seen throughout the city in the form of street art creations.
About PocketSquare Skyline Bar & Terrace
PocketSquare Skyline Bar & Terrace is East London’s most exclusive rooftop destination, where the City meets the East. Located atop the Hyatt Place London City East hotel in Whitechapel, the bar boasts exceptional views across the capital, from Canary Wharf and Docklands to City icons like The Gherkin. Seasonal cocktails are created in the bar’s cocktail laboratory, each with their own unique story inspired by London – to form the PocketSquare Collection – all refined to pair seamlessly with bite-sized food.
About Zoom East Kitchen & Bar
Zoom East Kitchen & Bar is located at the Hyatt Place London City East hotel, bringing the warmth and vibrancy of Sicilian cuisine to the heart of east London. With Sicilian chef Vittorio Meli at the helm the restaurant takes inspiration from the diverse food haven of his home region in Italy while celebrating local London suppliers. Zoom East Kitchen & Bar features its own private dining Orangery, courtyard and aperitivo deli bar. The menu reflects the diversity and nuances of regional Sicilian cuisine with its influences from North African, Spanish, Greek and of course Italian cuisines.
About Hyatt Place London City East
A stylish place to stay in Whitechapel, the 280-room Hyatt Place London City East incorporates bespoke street art by local artists throughout to reflect the area’s cultural connections.
To capitalise on its central location, all 102 rooms from the sixth to ninth floors offer uninterrupted views of the London skyline, of which 13 include their own private outdoor terrace or balcony.
With two flexible meeting and event spaces, free WiFi, and a fully equipped 24/7 fitness centre, the pet-friendly hotel also boasts the 70-seat Pocketsquare Skyline Bar & Terrace, with panoramic views, and 60-seat Zoom restaurant.
Opened on 28 June 2021 as the first Hyatt Place hotel in central London, and the brand’s third across the capital, the franchise property is owned by Resolution Property, was developed in collaboration with Berkeley Capital Group and is managed by Cycas Hospitality.
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Hyatt Place London City East
Black Lion House
45 Whitechapel Road
London E1 1DU
020 8159 1234
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