St. Pancras Editions launches in London
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While sipping champagne at the Wallpaper* party during London Design Festival, it did not go amiss that the walls of the newly refurbished St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel had become home to a diverse selection of artwork.
See more of the artwork in the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel
With pieces from well-known contemporary masters like Bridget Riley and Gary Hume to emerging names such ash Sunok Kang and Suzy Moxhay, it seemed natural that Harry Handelsman, art collector, property developer and the man behind the restoration has now moved into the business of limited-edition art prints. 'To go through all of that and then hang meaningless pieces on the walls of this incredible building would have been an insult,' says Handelsman.
Teaming up with Thang Vo-Ta, who helped compile the hotel's collection, their company, St Pancras Editions will now sell limited edition silkscreen prints of the art. Poignantly, the first print on offer is 'Jean Harlow' painted in 1964 by pop artist Gerald Laing, who sadly died this week. The original work currently hangs in the Chambers Club of the hotel. Said the artist before his death: 'I find it particularly fitting that she should now hang so proudly in a building that also had is own adventure. With the creation of St Pancras Editions, everyone can own a little piece of that adventure and that journey.'
The limited run of 200 prints are titled, signed, dated and numbered by Laing and have been silkcreen-printed by Artizan Editions in Hove.