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Fitzrovia’s multi-award-winning hotel, The Mandrake was delighted to host New York-based contemporary artist David Paul Kay, as part of its ongoing 'Artist in Residence' series.

David Paul Kay was hosted at the hotel’s YOPO Bar, where he created a unique, signed mural, crafted with pen, pencil and oil on canvas.

David Paul Kay's art auctioned at Christie’s London King Street

The artwork created by Kay was auctioned in support of global charity organisation Arms Around the Child. Kay’s piece was sold in an auction at Christie’s London King Street. Alongside raising awareness and supporting funds to aid children living in extreme adversity, the auction offered a unique opportunity to purchase work from some of the world’s most notable upcoming talents, as well as art icons.

Special celebrity guests included Neneh Cherry, William Borges Da Silva, designer Malan Breton, Rebeca Riofrio chairwoman for the UK Parliamentary Society of Arts and Mabel, among many other significant attendees in the creative art world and beyond.

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The Mandrake Hotel Owner, Rami Fustok

The Mandrake Hotel Owner, Rami Fustok says: “We welcome back the talented David Paul Kay for this unique art residency supporting children in need- his infinite monochrome strokes are free flowing yet structured which display boundless scenarios that evoke an avalanche of passion and intelligence. It will be exciting to witness David in his element again creating what will certainly be a masterpiece for viewers to immersive themselves in his complex web of dreams.”

Artist, David Paul Kay says: “No child should miss out on the most important part of childhood - the love, care, peace and security. This is personal to me. A big part of my childhood was experiencing war, violence and abuse - no child should have to go through it. That is why I immediately said yes to joining the auction. I will be flying to London to create a special piece for "Arms Around The Child'. It will be a 2x2 meter painting called "Unconditional Love", and I will create it at my favourite and most inspiring place in London, The Mandrake.”

Originally from Georgia, Eastern Europe, Kay migrated to the United States in 2008. As a self-taught artist, Kay has always experimented with various techniques, which though his career evolved soon after moving to New York City in early 2009 where he developed his signature monochromatic style.

Using vibrant lines, shapes and intricate compositions, Kay transforms blank surfaces into complex yet simple to read narratives. Kay's obsession with detail, the versatility of scale, and perspective lead to the creation of hundreds of his drawings, paintings, murals, and sculptures.

Alongside displays at The Mandrake, David’s work has been exhibited and included in private collections in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, and Africa, including artist residencies in Los Angeles, London, and the South of Spain. The artist has collaborated on global campaigns and private commissions with major brands such as Montblanc, PayPal, Cadillac, Equinox, and others. David’s work has been featured in Forbes, Architectural Digest, Vogue Italia, Wallpaper, Haute Living, Gotham Magazine, AM New York, Journal du Design, VAMP Malta.


The Mandrake Hotel interior

About The Mandrake

The Mandrake is Fitzrovia’s finest five-star boutique hotel, offering 33 luxurious rooms and suites and an award-winning Penthouse. Founded and owned by entrepreneur and art collector Rami Fustok, the centrally located boutique hotel is recognised for its exquisite and striking art, culture and design, based on an ‘ever evolving’ concept to offer a welcoming hub to a varied curation of artists, performers, exhibitions and events.


The Mandrake Hotel interior


The Mandrake Hotel interior

Yopo Restaurant and Yopo Bar, The Mandrake’s signature dining outlets, are headed up by acclaimed Executive Chef George Scott-Toft, who offers a menu of bold and flavoursome modern South American dishes with European influences inspired by his personal travel experiences around the world. Interior design enjoys a sensual bohemian look with an eclectic mix of comfortable furniture sourced from around the world and exotic art to enhance the dining experience. Waeska Bar is an ethnobotanical cocktail bar offering an evolving menu of cocktails using ancient herbs and botanicals, whilst Jurema, Terrace located on the outdoor terrace on the first floor and surrounded by exotic hanging plants, offers the perfect venue to enjoy alfresco dining and cocktails in all seasons.

David Paul Kay image from artist instagram @davidpaulkay

David Paul Kay, at his art studio in New York

About David Paul Kay

David Paul Kay is a New York City-based American contemporary artist. Using vibrant lines, shapes and intricate compositions David transforms blank surfaces into complex yet simple to read narratives. Kay's obsession with detail, the versatility of scale, and perspective lead to the creation of hundreds of his drawings, paintings, murals, and sculptures.

About Arms Around The Child

Arms Around The Child is a global charity building a better and kinder environment for children living in extreme adversity, orphaned, abandoned, at risk of child abuse – sexual or otherwise, affected by HIV, trafficked or living in child-headed households. We seek to provide sanctuary, community, warmth, protection, education, health care, safety, family, equality, understanding, love, hope, and respect.

With years of experience in direct care Arms Around The Child are committed to working with 'on the ground warriors' through dedicated organisations to help scale up, train and implement programmes including reintegration and development programmes to help children stay within their families and extended families providing the kind of joy, love, peace and respect that children need to lead the way to a brighter future.

Sometimes the issues of the world or issues in our own lives seem so huge or overwhelming that we can’t bear it or we may feel inadequate, but we can all participate in a kinder world for children because if not us then who?

We ask you to create a powerful impact by refusing to turn your back on our human family and be determined to change the lives of others in less fortunate circumstances than ours. Help us to help them.

I: @armsaroundthechild Tw: @ArmsAroundTheChild Fb: @AroundTheChild

Designer Malan Breton, Chairwoman for the Parliamentary Society of Arts Rebeca Riofrio &. Artists David Paul Kay at Christie’s London King Street


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