Mark Schaller has been named as the namesake artist for the Art Series Studio in Bendigo, due to open in May. The hotel’s official name will be ‘The Schaller Studio.’
Schaller, a well-respected Melbourne based artist, was a founding member of the ROAR studios in Melbourne; a bold group of artists united by their interests in Expressionism and Primitivism. He works fluently across a variety of art forms including sculpture, ceramics, and painting.
Mark Schaller has had a long association with the Deague family, owners of the Art Series Hotel Group. He first travelled to Lake Eyre on the fabled ‘William Creek & Beyond’ tour in 2001.
Throughout his travels, Schaller captures his experiences in rapidly executed watercolour paintings. His landscape paintings see complex scenes distilled into abstracted series of lines and shapes.
As a dynamic, mid-career contemporary artist, Schaller has exhibited broadly in Australia and has represented Australia in exhibitions at the Australian embassies in Singapore and in Tokyo. His work is held in key state collections at the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria as well as numerous private collections.
Schaller’s work will manifest in many forms throughout the hotel, from original paintings in each room, wooden, steel and bronze sculptures throughout the garden and an eight meter high mosaic on the entrance wall to the hotel. Many of the works will draw inspiration from
Bendigo town and the surrounding region.
Mark Schaller Says;
“Bendigo is really romantic and has a fabulous history. I am looking forward to spending more of my time here, using the city and its surrounds as inspiration for the work that will feature in the rooms of the hotel...”
The Schaller Studio will be the first Art Series Studio hotel launched by the Art Series Hotel Group. Art Series Studios are a unique art inspired hotel experience in a compact affordable format. The Schaller Studios will boast 128 workspaces and will combine Art Series Hotel’s signature comforts.
Mark Schaller has been closely involved in the design process of The Schaller Studio, each workspace receiving a special Schaller touch.
Beyond their workspaces, guests will be treated to edgy communal spaces including book shelves filled with art journals, books and art utensils, as well as individual spaces for quiet reflection and creative work. The Pantry will offer an in house dining experience focusing on regional fare, offering food for thought and grazing type meals. For guests looking to venture further afield, yellow classic Dutch Lekker bicycles, scooters and Smart Cars will be available for hire.
Staff at The Schaller Studio will be fully trained by Art Series Hotel Group’s art curator and be able to offer informative tours of the hotel while offering the best insights to cultural experiences available in the city’s centre. Art classes will be available on site, regular artisan markets will be held, public art displays will feature and interactive art experiences highlighting Bendigo and Melbourne’s creative works will be on constant offer.
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