Charles Blackman, Art Series Hotels: Melbourne exhibits Famous Australian Art

The Art Series group of hotels was the brilliant idea of William Deague. He established a collection of independent hotels in Melbourne and named them after famous Australian Painters. The hotels are luxurious 5 star and themed according to their particular artist .

For example, the Blackman Hotel on 452 St Kilda Road has a contemporary, boutique interior devoted to the popular artist Charles Blackman. The hotel is very close the central CBD of Melbourne and is a great inspiration to visitors, with the artistic theme running through-out the most intricate of details in the hotel.

Charles Blackman was born in Sydney in 1928 and created a large and spectacular series of paintings inspired by Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice in Wonderland. His work is romantic at heart and describes a poetic highly sensitive world of affectionate imagery. Blackman states,

“I am a romantic painter , (but not sweet) – oh no. That’s wrong. Dreams are what you’re made of, and very often nightmares, too. A dream is quintessentially a reality when it is fulfilled.

‘The Game of Chess’ (1956) by Charles Blackman. Sold for $720,000 Bonhams & Goodman (Melbourne).

For more information, check out the Art Series Hotels website or give them a call to organise a booking on the reservations number: 1800 278 468. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

One visitor writes on, “Our stay at Art-series The Blackman in Melbourne over Christmas was an extremely positive experience. It is a hotel with that extra touch of quality, good taste and personal service besides very good comfort, which really makes you enjoy your stay. The neat artistic design in details and the access to interesting books in the rooms are something we certainly will remember and which are rare in our experience.”

About Simon Brushfield

Simon Brushfield is an artist whose work has been described as ‘poetic, enigmatic and dreamlike’ (Michael Berry, "Selected Contemporary Artists of Australia" book). His paintings have been exhibited and sold across Australia and internationally. If you enjoyed this post, sign up to Simons VIP list and have posts sent directly to your inbox.


  1. Charles Blackman painting is really the most beautiful. Thanks for sharing the post.

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