ELDORADO HOTEL & SPA COMISSIONS NEW ARTWORK BY RANDY BARTON

August 16, 2015

 

 

15)...  As  part  of  the  updates  and  renovations  to  the  Eldorado  Hotel  &  Spa,  Heritage  Hotels  & Resorts  commissioned  artist  Randy  Barton  to  create  more  than  75  new  original  paintings  to add  to  the  newly  updated  guestrooms.  The  new  guest  rooms  are  designed  to  reflect  the pueblo  revival  style  of  the  hotel  with  a  color  palette  of  shades  of  brown,  grey  and  red. Custom  artwork  will  be  featured  in  each  room.  The  original  artwork  in  most  of  

the  rooms  is  by  Doug  Coffin,  curated  by  Elaine Horowitz  gallery.

 

Randy  Barton  was  selected  by  SWAIA  to  have  a  fellowship  to  create  an  artist  guest  room at Nativo  Lodge.

http://www.nativolodge.com/artistroomrandybarton

 

"We  were  very  inspired  by  the  work  Randy  did  for  our  Nativo  Lodge  Artist  Rooms project  and feel  that  his  contemporary  style  that  pays  homage  to  his  Native  traditions will  provide  a unique  perspective  to  our  guests  staying  at  the  Eldorado  hotel.  We  are honored  to  feature  his original  paintings  in  more  than  75  of  our  newly  renovated  guest rooms."  

- Adriana  Long,  Interior  Designer  at  Heritage  Hotels  &  Resorts

 

The  artwork series titled “The  Golden  Songs” explores  the  dream  of  Eldorado,  the  “lost city  of gold”  where  legend  has  it  that  throughout  the  16th  and  17th  centuries  men searched  for  this legendary  city  in  hopes  to  get  their  hands  on  its  intense  wealth  and riches.  From  South America  to  Central  America  and  into  the  Southwest  regions  of  the New  World,  they  searched for  countless  hours  but  were  never  successful.  It  seemed  that the  location  of  the  city mysteriously  kept  changing.  It  shifted  geographical  locations  so often  that  finally  it  was  simply known  as  an  imagined  source  of  untold  riches som ewhere  in  the  Americas.  Thousands  of lives were  lost  on  the  quest  to  find  the  city, and  in  the  end,  it  was  never  to  be  discovered. The story  takes  a  detour  when  archaeological  findings  based  on  a  South  American  myth were discovered  stating  that  the  “golden  one”  was  not  a  place  but  in  fact  a  person.  This person was a  ruler  so  rich  that  he  covered  himself  in  gold  from  head  to  toe  each morning  and  washed  it  off  in  a  sacred  lake  each  evening.

 

Based  on  this  alternative account  of  the  Eldorado  myth,  Randy presents a  similar ancient, abstract  story  told  to him in  the  dine  (Navajo)  language  centered  around a “golden  one”  type  of ruler, or perhaps  a  deity  who  adorned  many  jewels  and  had  a temporary  city  filled  with  them in  New  Mexico.  In  this  story  the  ruler  ends  up  travelling  to  South  America  by  the  way  of sitting  inside  a  shooting  arrow  because  he  loses  his riches  to  an  act  of  selfish  greed. It  turns out  that  the  only  way  to  attain  the  true  wealth  of  the  “golden  one”  was  by learning  the “golden  songs”  and  singing them  to  the  sacred  site  of  Eldorado.  Gold,  silver,  and  copper  were being  sought  after  not  for  their  material  value,  but  for  its  spiritual power,  connection  to deities,  and  ability  to  bring  balance  and  harmony  into  the  world. Perhaps  the  gold  was nothing  more  than  an  offering  to  the  gods  to  encourage  them  to  balance  the  equilibrium  of  the  cosmos  and  to  ensure  a  stable  relationship  with  the  environment  of  the  physical  world. Could  it  be  that  the  7  cities  of  gold  (Eldorado  being  one  of  them)  are  on  the  ley  lines  of  the  earth  and  thus  the  reason  why  they  kept  changing  locations  and  were  never  discovered?  The answers  could  lie  in  the  abstractions  of  the  70  +  paintings  located  in  the Eldorado  Hotel...

 

Each  painting  contains  a  deep  history  into  the  past,  spanning  from  ancient  symbolisms  of Dine  (Navajo)  culture  to  different  elements  representing  a  hybrid  of  indigenous,  Spanish,  and new  world  counterparts.  The  colors  used  represent  the  gray  areas  of  the  story  less  told,  and the  composition  of  each  painting  brings  everything  into  balance utilizing  present  day knowledge with  futuristic  styles  and  a  golden  touch. The  main  influences  of  the  paintings  are  centered around  gambling,  gold,  geometry,  and exploration;  gambling  because  of  the  numerous attempts and  risk  taken at  finding  the city,  gold  representing  the  abundance  and  value  of  finding  the treasures,  and  the geometry  within  the  maps  used  to  locate  the  mysterious  moving  dream.

All  in  all,  one  can  experience  the  harmony  of  being  in  the  golden  city  after  viewing  the work. One  painting  alone  will  invoke  the  thrill  of  discovery!  Perhaps  the  myth  of  Eldorado  was  no “myth”  after  all  and  the  truth  is  now  hanging  within  70+  rooms  at  the Eldorado  Hotel  in  Santa Fe,  New  Mexico.

 

Randy  will  be  painting  in  a  studio  space  adjacent  to  the  Eldorado  Hotel  &  Spa  through July 2015  and  his  work  will  periodically  be  on  display  in  the  new  Lobby  Lounge  at  the  Eldorado. Each  new  original canvas painting  will  be  approximately  3’ X  4’

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“Heritage  hotels  has  always  blessed  me  with  an  authentic  5 star,  enchanting  experience of New Mexico  combining  everything  from  history,  food,  art,  travel,  and  comfort.”  

- Randy  L.  Barton

 

 

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