Hilton Art Rooms
Five leading artists in the international street art scene secretly produced five astonishing murals in rooms of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on the NDSM Wharf in the North of Amsterdam. On April 6, the rooms were officially launched with a grand opening. The Hilton Art Rooms are the result of a tight collaboration between DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam NDSM Wharf and Street Art Today. This is the last of a series of five rooms:
Dan Kitchener, also known as DANK, is a professional landscape painter and illustrator from England. His work has a gritty, urban theme, mostly consisting of rainy cityscapes with flickering, neon streetlights. He loves the relationship between light and shadow, finding beauty in the constantly changing environment that he experiences daily. Besides the busy and unpredictable city life he finds inspiration in the Japanese culture, creating colorful geishas and samurais. DANK works with a variety of mediums, like spray paint, markers and stencils.
This rainy cityscape has a special story. DANK takes his own photo’s for his artwork and when he was on location, the rain just didn’t fall. Finally he asked the doormen to wake him and at three o’clock in the morning, the artist managed to shoot the desired image. The painting of this geisha (a traditional Japanese female entertainer who acts as hostess) is based on his photography collaboration with the dancer and model Ayumi La Noire.
For this mural, Dan Kitchener worked with waterbased spray cans and acrylic markers. With the spray paint he created his famous rainy landscape: the brightness of the lights and the drops of the rain. Details, like Japanese characters and the reflections in the rain, are added by markers.