The Oriental set to showcase Patrick O’Donnell works for Brighton Fringe Festival

London, 20 April, 2010: The Oriental hotel in Brighton will be displaying the new exhibition by Patrick O’Donnell as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival with 10% of any sales set to go to the Terence Higgins Trust. This boutique hotel, long associated with contemporary artworks and artists, intends to maintain its role in Brighton’s cultural diversity with the continuation of its ‘Brighton Art’ showcase.

Entitled “You make Me Gay”, the Patrick O’Donnell exhibition will take place at The Oriental from May 1st to May 31st, and visitors to the exhibition will have the chance to win their own icon painted specially by the artist. The venture features forgotten or overlooked gay icons, and the artist reveals that he ‘became fascinated with the idea of capturing overlooked, marginalised or forgotten figures and decided to paint personal heroes who had informed my sensibility.’ The depictions of these figures is achieved in ‘a classical way, instilling them all with a gravity that reflects the importance of their influence’, and Patrick O’Donnell adds that he ‘started by painting isolated figures in Caravaggio paintings, focusing on characters on the periphery without whom the whole balance of the picture is lost.’

Furthermore, 10% of any sales will go to the Terence Higgins Trust, the leading and largest HIV and sexual health charity in the UK.

The exhibition is part of the Brighton Fringe Festival, one of the largest and fastest-growing open access arts festivals in the world (and the largest in England), which means that the newly refurbished AA 4 * Highly Commended Grade II* Listed Regency guesthouse has something else to pride itself on other than its close proximity to the beach, central Brighton location, and sleek and modern designer flair. The Brighton Fringe Festival was created in 1967, but only became known under that very name in 2002. Brighton boutique hotels have long been a creative and comfortable fixture on the Brighton creative scene, and this collaboration is set to ensure that they remain at the forefront of the cutting-edge cultural scene.

About The Oriental, Brighton: This boutique hotel Brighton, one of the seaside city’s original boutique hotels, was previously known as the Oriental Hotel. A visit to The Oriental greets the contemporary guest with under-stated elegance and charm, and a refreshingly charismatic atmosphere. All rooms have luxurious oriental silk headboards, Wi-Fi, LCD TVs and DVD players. ‘Shabby chic’ is the order of the day for luxury rooms, and the large superior rooms with their ensuite spa baths and showers are decorated in a retro romantic style with oriental influences. Recommended by The Guardian, Time Out and Lonely Planet, The Oriental is a perfect pick for a weekend getaway, a midweek holiday or a business event.