(Photos: Camden Cocktail Lounge)
Because we want to offer our guests an experience unlike any other, we’ve created a cocktail space unlike any other. At Camden, our cocktails aren’t the only works of art on show: we’ve got some incredible artwork on the walls, too! Here, we’ll guide you on an artistic tour of some of the world class artwork featured in our Lounge.
TAL by Olivia Steele (pictured top)
As you enter the space, you’ll notice a striking (and extremely Instagram-worthy) piece rendered in neon. This is by Olivia Steele, a revered light artist who prefers to let her art be an invitation to the viewer.
Per her biography, “My art is not about what I see…it’s about what I invite you to see”. Steele has earned an international reputation for her spirited public neon happenings, and we’re proud to offer a home for her work at Camden. It’s a delight to enjoy her work while savoring a Camden Sour, a cocktail made with Bulleit 95 Rye, orgeat, lemon, Zinfandel port, and an egg white.
Dollar Signs Print by Andy Warhol:
You don’t need to have an advanced art history degree to have heard of this massively successful artist. Andy Warhol was considered one of the pioneers of the pop art movement. His visually striking works featuring commonplace objects and emblems such as Campbell’s Soup cans, money, and color-saturated portraits of celebrities made him a world-renowned artistic sensation.
Money-related themes were commonplace for Warhol. Dollar bills were the subject of one of his breakthrough artistic series in the early 1960s, and he would revisit the theme in the 80s in creating these vibrant dollar signs.
Featuring vibrant hues, bright imagery, and an overall high energy, these prints are extremely visually striking, and extremely easy to identify as Warhol’s work! You’ll love glancing at it while you enjoy a cocktail like our Fresh and Easy, which is made with Bombay Sapphire, cucumber, mint, lime juice, and elderflower tonic.
Las Vegas Nurse and Nurse in Las Vegas by Richard Prince
Richard Prince is an American artist who has reinvented himself many times over. In the mid-70s, he became famous for making drawings and collages; however, over time, he began to change his style. One of his famous techniques? Copying the work of photographers by rephotographing it. How very meta!
One of Prince’s most famous series is his “Nurse Paintings”. They are inspired by pulp novel covers. To make the paintings, Prince scanned covers of books and then transferred them to canvas, where he would make the paintings his own by applying acrylic paint. The paintings quickly became pop culture icons and were even featured in the Sonic Youth album entitled Sonic Nurse.
Enjoy these Nurses with a Venice Girl cocktail, made with Belvedere Citrus, strawberry and vanilla gomme, lime, and basil.
Sun Disc by Damien Hirst
Damien Hirst is an artist who really knows how to make an impact. He first made a name for himself in the 1990s, when he was in his early 20s. With early subject matter including preserved dead animals dominating his early work, he quickly became well known as a provocateur and artistic tour de force.
Sun Disc is part of Hirst’s “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” show, which was a two-venue installation in Venice featuring a fictional backstory that the artworks were the “remains of a ship, sunk some 2,000 years ago off the coast of East Africa”. Hirst also released a mockumentary detailing the lore around the show.
Dazzling in its own right, this stunning piece of art is even better when you’re sipping on Sorbetto and Bubbles, our cocktail made with Casamigos Blanco Tequila, St. Germain, lemon sorbet, raspberry sorbet, and rose champagne.
At Camden, our cocktails aren’t the only works of art on offer! You can also enjoy world class artwork by internationally renowned artists while you sip on an expertly made drink. Art, culture, and flavor: what could be finer? You can enjoy all three in plentitude at Camden Cocktail Lounge.