The art collection of Four Seasons Hotel Seattle provides an intriguing introduction to the city’s vibrant creative community. Museum-quality original works on loan from private collections embellish the public spaces at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle and ART Restaurant.
The collection focuses on the work of the Pacific Northwest’s pioneering first-generation artists and internationally recognized abstractionists from the 1940s and 1950s. Their work became known as the Northwest school, an art movement founded in Skagit County, Washington.
Northwest masters primarily chose to paint with tempera, oil and gouache on canvas. Sculptors among this group mainly used natural stone and ceramic. These media helped them evoke the Northwest’s natural elements through their art. In addition to the local and Asian influences, the Northwest School takes cues from surrealism, cubism and abstract expressionism.
In Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, an 81-inch-wide screen by collage-master Paul Horiuchi serves as a dramatic focal point behind the lobby reception desk. Most of the artwork displayed in the lobby has been acquired by the Hotel, but a significant number are original works on long-term loan from two prominent private collections.
Individual guest rooms display a selection of 16 works by classic Northwest artists including Tobey, Guy Anderson, Graves and Kenneth Callahan, reproduced from the collection across the street from the Hotel at Seattle Art Museum. At the Hotel’s entrance on Union Plaza, the building’s developers commissioned local artist Gerard Tsutakawa to design a bronze sculpture, titled Thunderbolt, which stands next to a fountain overlooking the waterfront.