The Lar­will Stu­dio

Vision Magazine - - Destinations -

The Lar­will Stu­dio, lo­cated in bustling North Melbourne, is per­haps the most prom­i­nent of the Art Se­ries group. This bou­tique ho­tel was rated Melbourne’s num­ber one out of 158 ho­tels for two con­sec­u­tive years. It is a short stroll to the CBD, with its shops and fa­cil­i­ties ad­join­ing the Royal Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal. This beau­ti­ful ho­tel has be­come a wel­come refuge for many fam­i­lies of long-term hospi­tal pa­tients.

It might be the ho­tel’s prox­im­ity to the Royal Chil­dren's Hospi­tal that spurred the de­ci­sion to make David Lar­will the pa­tron artist. He al­ways ad­mired the spon­tane­ity of chil­dren’s art­work and his own works are vi­brant, play­ful and naïve. His paint­ings have a raw style, brim­ming with fab­u­lous beasts and cu­ri­ous look­ing hu­man fig­ures, often tak­ing the form of mo­saic-style char­ac­ters. David’s motto, “art from the heart”, is ev­i­dent in his work and con­tin­ues to in­flu­ence the world of ex­pres­sion­ist art.

The lobby boasts a ta­ble big enough to seat 50 peo­ple, while cab­i­nets filled with all kinds of dec­o­ra­tions off­set the com­mu­nal fur­nish­ings. This is an un­usual com­bi­na­tion of fit­tings and fur­nish­ings for a bou­tique ho­tel, yet the ef­fort and care put into dec­o­rat­ing the space has cre­ated a lovely at­mos­phere of warmth and car­ing for vis­i­tors who pass through the lobby on their way into the hospi­tal.

The Deague fam­ily, founders of the Art Se­ries Ho­tel Group, in­vited David to be­come the di­rec­tor of the ho­tel in 2000. Sadly, David passed away from leukemia in 2011 be­fore he could see the com­ple­tion of this won­der­ful ho­tel. The build­ing stands as a mon­u­ment to this vi­sion­ary artist’s life, with Brett Parker, the ho­tel’s man­ager, say­ing, “The Lar­will Stu­dio can be said to em­body the essence of Mr Lar­will’s artis­tic achieve­ments; the Deague fam­ily pays trib­ute to his ac­com­plish­ments through this ho­tel.”

It Must be from heart - David Lar­will

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