Timothy Goodman

New York-based artist Timothy Goodman was recently asked to make an artistic contribution to the incredibly chic and design-savvy Ace Hotel. And what he came up with is a thoughful, interactive piece that encourages discovery. I loved reading about his process. Says Timothy:

While brainstorming in the weeks before, it was important to ask some larger questions before I started my sketch: What’s its relevancy? What’s its importance? Can it become engaging or participatory? Having an idea for a mural that’s both relative to the space it exists in and reflective of the culture around it is not an easy task to accomplish. However, I felt it was something I had to account for.

With those questions in mind, I hand drew 99 picture frames to create a dense wall of “discovery” about NYC that could be passed to the common tourist staying in the room. Each frame contains a different fact / love / tidbit / thing of interest / or shout-out to a place I dig in the city. At roughly 120 square feet, the art was drawn imprecisely to capture the spontaneity and grit of the city. I used paint markers and opaque black paint to help this technique excel. Consequently, it became a labor of love, an act of obsessiveness that was pleasantly grueling.

Pretty amazing, huh? Check out quite a few more images right here.


  1. […] 1. How fun would it be to stay in this hotel room!? Artist Timothy Goodman painted this room at Manhattan’s hip Ace Hotel. Each frame in the mural captures something Goodman loves about New York City. So, it’s not only cool-looking, but it’s totally good service for tourists. [Via DesignWorkLife] […]

  2. this is wonderful – i could look at this all day, everyday and always find something new in it. I wonder if you can request to stay in the Timothy Goodman room at the Ace Hotel.

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