Townley’s favourite of the four (which include Tom Cruise, Madonna and Jack Nicholson) is Al Pacino, who - Lincoln tells me fondly - hangs the gargantuan original in his own home. The more personal level that Townley operates on is echoed in an effort to translate his slightly more intimate insight into these iconic faces, accessing other sides to their personalities. Each original piece is ginormous in scale and takes Townley an average of a month to complete.
In addition to the Sky Bar piece on the top floor, Townley’s work will also welcome guests into the lobby of the hotel, with more psychedelic depictions of Kate Moss and Leonardo DiCaprio, a 21st century take on pop art, infused with a wild colour palette. The repeated image of Moss is painted then screen printed, again nodding to pop art style. All of the pieces will take residence at Doubletree for six months before it goes to the star studded LA but for now, a piece of Hollywood resides here in Leeds.
About the series, Townley has said “I have been overwhelmed by the response to my ICONS Collection and it has been a real honour to be commissioned by legendary Hollywood actors like Al Pacino, Harry Dean Stanton, Charlie Sheen, Gary Oldman, Mickey Rourke and Nick Nolte to name a few. My collaboration with the Hilton DoubleTree began in 2014 at Manchester and I’m delighted they have chosen a selection of my portraits as a focal point for the Sky Bar, restaurants and lounge bar areas. The Sky Bar is a great venue in Leeds City Centre and offers fantastic food in a great ambience. Additional faces from my collection arriving over the next month throughout the business centre area are Kate Moss and Leonardo De Caprio".
If you visit Hilton Doubletree, catch Townley’s addition when you check into the Doubletree or sipping on a high altitude cocktail.