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Arch Street’s Lip Lift

May 25, 2010

Le Méridien Philadelphia and the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery partner to showcase three paintings from contemporary artist, Fernando Luis Alvarez, in HEI Hotels and Resorts’ landmark hotel. This alliance is the Gallery’s first step in promoting their new art-leasing program for businesses and organizations.


PHILADELPHIA, PA– Prominently displayed in the lobby of the newly-opened Le Méridien Hotel on Philadelphia’s historic Arch Street, are three works by Colombian-American artist, Fernando Luis Alvarez. These works feature Alvarez’s trademark lips, which radiate out from the canvas and envelope the observer in the luxury of the space.

Christopher Conboy Jr., Design Services Consultant for HEI Hotels and Resorts, which owns and operates Le Méridien Philadelphia, states that the company is “committed to enhancing the hotel guest experience by focusing on excellent design and amenities at each of their properties… [and] recognizes that fine art on display in the public spaces at LE MÉRIDIEN PHILADELPHIA is an ideal way to cater to the discerning LE MÉRIDIEN guest.”

The three works selected for the hotel are Ross Mich, Village Lipstick, and She Marulanda. Chosen for their sensuous curves and lush colors, Alvarez’s large-format paintings compliment the striking architecture of the new hotel.


My trademark Lips are an expression of the beauty and power of the female form. They fill the space of the canvas in a way that causes the eye to undulate back and forth, mimicking the wonderful curves of a woman’s body,” Alvarez states. “I am ecstatic to have these pieces featured in such a gorgeous space as Le Méridien, and am proud to be a part of Philadelphia’s contemporary art community.”

With its rich wood and modern accents, Le Méridien Philadelphia’s main lobby, restaurant, and bar offer an urban oasis in the heart of the city’s business district. Alvarez’s paintings will hang on view in these spaces for patrons and public, alike.


Fun Facts:

  • Le Méridien is the first hotel in Philadelphia to display Alvarez’s work.
  • Alvarez has recently entered into partnerships with Saks 5th Avenue and Chanel, and completed a live-action speed-painting show with Chanel for the launch of their newest lipstick line.
  • Alvarez owns and operates the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in Stamford, Connecticut, a show space and market place for first-year and break-through contemporary artists.
  • In conjunction with this release, the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery would like to announce the start of their new leasing program, which allows companies and organizations to lease works of art from any of the Gallery’s represented artists for an agreed-upon time period and fee. Parties interested in the leasing program should contact the Gallery at 1.888.861.6791 or Hanna Shea at hshea [at] fernandoluisalvarezgallery [dot] com.

Press inquiries can contact Rebecca Hansen, at rhansen [at] fernandoluisalvarezgallery [dot] com.

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