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Artist Beth Nicholas creates astonishing 8.5m paintings for Address Downtown Hotel in Dubai

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Beth Nicholas art commission at Address Downtown, Dubai, June 2018 © Nicolas Dumont, courtesy of Address Downtown

On display at Address Downtown hotel in Dubai are impressively sized and distinctive five 8.5-metre-high paintings commissioned for the 63-storey by artist and designer Beth Nicholas. The paintings, which are located in the Address Downtown’s vast lobby, are illuminated from behind, further enhancing their impact; . beautifully hypnotic they draw you into the depths of their elegantly graceful fluidity.

These dramatic artworks, executed in Nicholas’s signature style – swirling cosmoses of blues and whites, embellished with startling bursts of gold and silver – are the centrepiece of the newly-refurbished, 220-bedroom hotel, which opened this June 2018.

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Beth Nicholas art commission at Address Downtown, Dubai, June 2018 © Nicolas Dumont, courtesy of Address Downtown

Commissioned in 2017 through the art consultancy Soho Myriad, the paintings took three months to produce. Nicholas visited the hotel to oversee the installation, as she does for all her large-scale commissions.

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Beth Nicholas art commission at Address Downtown, Dubai, June 2018 [Detail] © Nicolas Dumont, courtesy of Address Downtown

Evoking Aspects of Nature

Evocative equally of oceans and the minerals beneath the earth as they are of aerial photographs, the paintings are rendered in ink and applied to sheets of paper. Says Nicholas: ‘The whole project was a huge challenge from start to finish, learning to work at such scale took several months, but I was determined not to let anything leave the studio that I wasn’t happy with.’

Notable Works

Since launching her eponymously-named company, Beth Nicholas Studios, in 2009, Nicholas has worked with a number of leading brands, including the French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, as well as Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Bombay Sapphire Gin. Her paintings, which have won plaudits for their beauty and originality, are created through a
unique method which she constantly evolves through trial and experimentation.

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Portrait of Beth Nicholas © Mae Maciver

About Artist & Designer Beth Nicholas

Beth Nicholas studied Textile Design at The University of the West of England. On graduating, she worked in costume for film, television and theatre. She has exhibited with the Fiumano Gallery, London, as well as producing private commissions. Her distinctive abstract paintings and designs have been used to decorate the walls of numerous top high-end hotels, as well as panels for the interiors of Christian Louboutin boutiques in Australia, China and the UK. For more information on the artist, visit https://beth-nicholas.com/

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Beth Nicholas art commission at Address Downtown, Dubai, June 2018 © Nicolas Dumont, courtesy of Address Downtown 07

About the Address Downtown Hotel

Address Downtown is a 63-story, 302.2 m (991 ft) hotel and residential skyscraper in the Burj Dubai Development Area of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was built by Emaar Properties Group. The tower is the twenty-second tallest building in Dubai. For more information, visit https://www.addresshotels.com/en/hotels/address-downtown/

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