Hormazd Narielwalla artwork
Art and culture

King and Crown art exhibition by Hormazd Narielwalla

April 24, 2023

Specialising in transforming bespoke tailoring patterns into unique works of art, Hormazd Narielwalla has established an impressive reputation. His latest commission marks the coronation celebrations at 45 Park Lane, where his work decorates both the hotel façade and interior.
Hormazd Narielwalla

Get to know the artist

Hello, I’m Hormazd Narielwalla, a London-based artist working across a number of artistic disciplines, including collage, painting, printmaking, sculpture and artist’s books. I’ve long been fascinated by the transformative power of clothes as a way of projecting our character and identity. I’m best known for my intricate paper collages, created from antique, vintage and bespoke tailoring patterns, using a vibrant colour palette for a really eye-catching effect.

How it all began

In 2003, I moved from my native India to Wales, before coming to London to study fashion. Inspired by the expert art of tailoring, I went to meet a Savile Row tailor to find out more about his craft. When I questioned why a pattern had been left discarded on the floor, he explained that it was no longer relevant as the client had passed away. For me this was a pivotal moment, igniting a desire to highlight thought-provoking concepts through art.

Hormazd Narielwalla materials
Hormazd Narielwalla working

Patterns within patterns

Tailoring patterns are now the defining signature of my work. Through these carefully crafted templates, I’m inspired to layer my own intricate ideas and use them to tell stories of identity, memory and ceremony. The graphic lines create fresh abstractions of the human body, carrying with them not only an outline of a garment but also a representation of the individual who wore each garment.

Escapism through art

For me, art is a form of escapism – both for the artist and the viewer. My works are composed to draw you in and let you relate to your own reality. Over the years, I’ve trained my eyes to notice shapes, like seeing a picture within a maze or a child’s dot-to-dot drawing gradually revealing an image. Now, I’m so attuned to working in this way that instinct takes over in my mission to harness the power of colour and texture. My work is often described as using an Indian colour palette with a British sensibility.

Hormazd Narielwalla studio work
Hormazd Narielwalla and his work

King and Crown exhibition

I was thrilled to be approached by 45 Park Lane to present a body of work to commemorate HM King Charles III’s coronation. This celebratory series, entitled King and Crown, is a visual feast of abstract imagery, referencing the historic symbolism, history and significance of the occasion, which everyone is invited to interpret in their own individual way.

Narrative threads

I like incorporating thoughtful touches into my work to add extra meaning. For example, the patterns used for the King and Crown exhibition are from the 1950s, when HM Queen Elizabeth II was coronated. I’ve also used lots of jewel colours that will be seen in the coronation ceremony. Purple features heavily as this is both a royal colour, and the colour associated with 45 Park Lane.

Hormazd Narielwalla flags

Flying the flags

I’m particularly thrilled that my work will be seen in a large-scale format for the first time, through a series of flags decorating the façade of 45 Park Lane. After the coronation, a select few flags will be personalised for an auction supported by Christie’s in aid of The Prince’s Trust, which I think is a very fitting tribute to His Majesty’s charitable work.

 

If you visit our lobby or Bar 45 at 45 Park Lane you can see Hormazd Narielwalla’s King and Crown exhibition until June 22.

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