Artwalk – Updated March 15th

This is a page that showcases artwork featured in our District’s hotel lobby spaces.

This will be updated frequently, so please check it out often.


Nightblooming Series, 2001

Artwork from the Washington, DC Hotel Monaco:

Artist, Edith Kuhnle exhibits in many galleries including ones in London, North Carolina, and Washington, DC. Kuhnle has work in numerous collections including the American Chancery in London and American Embassies in Peru and Columbia. She has been granted such awards as a Kreeger Purchase Award, DC Commission of the Arts Purchase Award, and a Commission for Regan National Airport. In addition she participated in an exhibition, “Outward Bound: American Art at the Brink of the Twenty-First Century,” which traveled throughout Asia.


Nebula series

Artwork from the W Hotel:

Timothy Tompkins was born in Long Beach in 1967. He received his BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2003. Tompkins has had numerous solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Verona, Italy.

Expanding from the general method of oil painting, Tompkins employs thin aluminum panels rather than traditional stretched canvas to execute his pieces. He relies on high gloss commercial enamels to preserve the liquid aesthetic of the paint after it has dried an effect responsible for the contoured appearance of his paintings. Inspired by media images, Tompkins’ paintings are intended to “give extended life to what are considered ‘disposable images’,” thereby prioritizing the traumatic over the superficial condition. The paintings from the Nebula series are based on astronomy images of nebulae with a technique of color reproduction known as the “Hubble Palette”, a process in which the elemental properties of stellar objects are assigned specific RGB codes. The process allows a viewer to see these clouds of dust, gas, and plasma otherwise hidden from physical view, and witness the ancient duality of beauty and violence.



Artwork from the W Hotel:

Megan McManus was born in Bangor, Maine. She received her MFA from California State University, Long Beach, and her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts. She has exhibited extensively in the United States with reviews in the LA Times, Art in America and Artweek.

McManus’ artwork depicts the female form. Almost exclusively her paintings and drawings are self‐ portraits, but they never reveal more than the artist can see of herself without a mirror. Thus, they are views of her legs, feet, or lap. They are intimate and private views, but abstracted so that the viewer cannot discern the body part. Light quality and source further blur the view. Influences of Georgia O’Keefe appear, and in Pinstripe, McManus also investigates gender issues and the power of the pinstripe suit.


Artwork from the Ritz Carlton Georgetown:

Doug and Mike Starn were born in New Jersey in 1961. Identical twins, they work collaboratively with photography and continue defying categorization, effectively combining traditionally separate disciplines such as sculpture, photography, painting, video, and installation.

Doug and Mike Starn’s art has been the object of numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide. The Starns have received the following honors: two National Endowment for the Arts Grants in 1987 and 1995; The International Center for Photography’s Infinity Award for Fine Art Photography in 1992; and, artists in residency at NASA in the mid-nineties. Major artworks by the Starns are represented in public and private collections including: The Museum of Modern Art (NYC); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, (NYC); The Jewish Museum, (NYC); The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC); The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC); Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan; La Bibliotèque Nationale, Paris; La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, amongst many others.

“Structure of Thought #5” MIS & Lysonic print on Thai mulberry Gampi & tissue papers, wax encaustic & varnish. 159×190 inches.


Artwork from the Ritz Carlton Georgetown:

Rick Arnitz uses oil enamel and rollers to make paintings on canvas that not only present an evocative emotional atmosphere but also represent, in a trompe l’oeil fashion, what maybe be stacks of wood, skeins of cloth, or perhaps even the rollers themselves. His painted forms lie somewhere between abstraction and figuration with their striking reality combined with a vagueness of subject matter. Arnitz has had numerous solo and group shows since 1988 at venues including Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco; Galerie Zenit, Copenhagen, Denmark; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, California.

“Canon” oil enamel on canvas. 78×84 inches.


Artwork from the Mandarin Hotel:

Zhong Yang Huang (pronounced Jong Yang Wong) is a native of Canton in China, has chosen Canada as his adopted home. Classically trained, he received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Guangdong, China. Huang is influenced both by traditional Chinese painting techniques and by western art of the 18th and 19th centuries. Painting in a soft edged realism, he moves easily between oils and watercolor. His command of these media won him the silver medial in his native country’s Sixth National Art Exhibition in 1984. Yang recently received some well deserved recognition when his work was featured at an exhibition in conjunction with the June ’91 opening of the new Canadian Embassy in Hong Kong. Zhong Yong Huang has received many important private and corporate commissions including portraits of well-known Canadians. He is also a children’s book illustrator.


Artwork from the Jefferson Hotel:

Charles Bird King (1785–1862) is a United States artist who is best known for his portraiture. In particular, the artist is notable for the portraits he painted of Native American delegates coming to Washington D.C., which were commissioned by government’s Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Though King’s legacy lies in his portraiture, throughout his career he also demonstrated a great technical skill in still life, genre, and literary paintings. It has been assumed that he would have preferred to focus on the pursuit of these styles throughout his career, but he had to give into popular demand, as the only money to be made within the art market of the United States in the early part of the 19th century was in painting portraits.


Art in Motion

Artwork from the Hotel Palomar:

A large-scale art installation by San Francisco artist, Charlie Brown, features three acrylic-on-canvas panels with the faces of three women watching over the lobby.  The faces are young and international — one African American, one Asian and one Caucasian — and slightly blurred and out-of-focus, a nod to the youthful, cosmopolitan vibrancy and energy of the Dupont Circle neighborhood and epitomizing the concept of “art in motion”. Found in the Hotel Palomar.


J Prichard

Artwork from the Hotel Palomar:

Jennifer Prichard studied at University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.  Pictured to the side is a commissioned artwork is featured in one of the corridors outside of the Hotel Palomar meeting area, just off the lobby. This piece was custom made on-site at the property…literally built right into the wall. This ceramic creation features hundreds of hand-thrown porcelain pieces that are arranged in an organic composition.


Artwork from the Hotel Palomar:

Michael Janis is currently the Co-Director of the Washington Glass School in Washington, DC, and has taught at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina and at Istanbul’s Glass Furnace in Turkey. He first began working with glass as an architect in Australia, where his projects received international awards. Mr. Janis was born in Chicago, IL and works in Washington, DC. Found in the Hotel Palmomar.

“The Gravity Between Us.” Cast glass, glass with fused glass powder imagery, steel 80″ H x either 10″ or 20″ W x 6″


Artwork from the Park Hyatt Westend:

Frank Stella (May 12, 1936) is an American painter and printmaker. He is a significant figure in minimalism and post-painterly abstraction.

He was born in Malden, Massachusetts. After attending high school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, he went on to Princeton University, where he met Darby Bannard and Michael Fried; his work was influenced by the abstract expressionism of Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline, and majored in history. Early visits to New York art galleries influenced his artistic development. Stella moved to New York in 1958 after his graduation. He is one of the most well-regarded postwar American painters who still works today. Frank Stella has reinvented himself in consecutive bodies of work over the course of his five-decade career. Found in the Park Hyatt.


Artwork from the Park Hyatt Westend:

David Hockney, (July 9, 1937) is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer, who is based in Bridlington, Yorkshire, although he also maintains a base in London. An important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century. Found in the Park Hyatt.


Artwork from the Park Hyatt Westend:

Georges Braque (May 13, 1882 – August 31, 1963) was a major 20th century French painter and sculptor who, along with Pablo Picasso, developed the art movement known as Cubism.  Braque believed that an artist experienced beauty. He described “objects shattered into fragments… [as] a way of getting closest to the object…Fragmentation helped me to establish space and movement in space.” He adopted a monochromatic and neutral color palette in the belief that such a palette would work simultaneously with the form, instead of interfering with the viewer’s conception of space; and would focus, rather than distract, the viewer from the subject matter of the painting.


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