British award-winning filmmaker, photographer and visual artist Sam Taylor-Johnson, OBE, has created a bespoke piece of art for Mandarin Oriental which will be prominently showcased at the Hong Kong Star Ferry poster site from 1 – 30 September, 2016.
Best known for feature films Nowhere Boy and Fifty Shades of Grey, Taylor-Johnson is a BAFTA and Palme d’Or nominated film director. As a photographer and visual artist, she has had numerous significant group and solo exhibitions and is a Turner Prize nominee. She was made an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2011.
Taylor-Johnson’s large-scale artwork created for Mandarin Oriental is named “Our Fans” and is a collage which creatively showcases the brand’s unique cast of celebrity fans using photographer Mary McCartney’s striking images. This follows the success of the acclaimed collage created by artist Sir Peter Blake for the 50th anniversary of Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong in 2013.
“This was a really interesting project for me, and an extension of the work I’ve been doing recently,” said Taylor-Johnson. “The fans of Mandarin Oriental are a diverse group of extraordinarily talented individuals, including dancers, designers and actors. It was fun to look at the project like a ‘casting’ – putting Dame Helen Mirren with Morgan Freeman, and combining this with other elements from my own work.”