If you are not already dazzled by the fourty by twenty foot chrome chandelier in the main dining room at Hunt & Fish Club, then you will be in awe of its artwork. The “Black Room” and the “White Room” respectively feature sensational and dramatic paintings designed by world-renowned artist, Roy Nachum, who also had a hand in the design of the restaurant in partnership with respected design firm, Studio Iyor. Together, the two were careful to preserve the elegant and timeless feel of the restaurant’s ideals, while creating an intelligent and contemporary space by emphasizing powerful geometric forms.
Born in Israel, Nachum relocated to New York where he studied at The Cooper Union School of Art. His artistic style flirts with the boundaries between visual and non-visual perception by employing physical stimulation in the form of Braille to his pieces. Nachum feels that art should be a multi-sensory experience, and he encourages viewers to interact with his work physically. He believes that it is this human interaction that keeps the work alive and breaks down the barrier between the viewer and the ‘’sacred object’’.
“I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel,” Nachum commented on his design of the space, “I just want to take it one step beyond and do it right.”
Three of Nachum’s Braille paintings proudly hang at Hunt & Fish Club. The first piece that guests encounter is displayed in the Black Room, the main entrance and bar area. In this exotic piece, the Braille surrounds the woman on the horse. As guests enter the White Room, the main dining room, the transfixing signature piece featured is titled, “Born Again”, a symphony of gold fluidity that tells yet another story in Braille. The third piece resides on the far wall in the White Room and is one of Nachum’s signature pieces from his collection, “Color Blind”. The drama between the man and fierce beast beckons a great deal of attention from guests, and has quite possibly become Hunt & Fish Club’s most well-known painting.
Mr. Nachum commented that a restaurant is a lot like a piece of artwork, in that “It always starts with a white canvas, and you let your mind go.”
Posted on 12/11/2015 at 12:00:00 AM