Raes boutique resort, spa, and restaurant has launched an Artist in Residence program in partnership with Champagne House Perrier-Jouët, which will officially kick off with French-Australian artist Stanislas (Stan) Piechaczek at the end of this month.
Stan brings to life on canvas a creatively distinct blend of vivid colours and silhouetted figures in various quirky scenes and interiors. His style is an unusual combination of relaxed, calm, and jazzed-up activity depicting figures eating, sunbaking, chatting, and chilling in the laidback atmosphere. The canvas is a place where imagination exists side by side with a flattened, distorted perspective in uplifting clarity.
‘I first met Stan when we purchased a piece of his artwork for the refurbishment of Raes last year, which sat proudly in our reception area. The response to the piece was so amazing we knew we had to collaborate with him again,’ said Francesca Webster, general manager of Raes.
In June of this year, Stan lived with his family on the property; experiencing every room and starting to create his pieces inspired by his time on property. Stan will then return for a week on 29 July where he will complete his artworks right in front of hotel and restaurant guests in the newly refurbished Raes dining room. Hotel and restaurant guests will also have exclusive access to pre-purchase the pieces during this week.
‘This collection features an array of interesting characters who were conjured up during my stay at Raes. I have used a palette that complements the hotel – pastels that blend in with the natural furnishing of Raes but also brighter colours that create an exciting contrast,’ said Stan.
The entire complete collection will be on show at the exhibition on Friday 2 August. The evening will include canapes and a glass of Perrier-Jouët on arrival and a special Q&A with Stan. Tickets are available to the public for $70pp. For guests staying on the property that Friday, a package will be on offer including: two tickets to the exhibition, a framed sketch by Stan, Perrier-Jouët champagne, and chef’s platter on arrival, breakfast, and return transfers.
‘Each year we will do a similar artist-in-residence program with prominent artists that will help grow the Raes art collection with curated pieces, as well as assist supporting like-minded taste makers within our region and Australia,’ added Francesca.
The pieces will remain on show at Raes until they are sold, with one of the artworks to always remain on property. All bookings can be made online via raes.com.au.