We are honored to be Tucson’s first and only art hotel. Hotel McCoy is adorned in murals, our lobby is a functioning art gallery, and our rooms are decorated with local pieces. Each work of art on our property was created by a Tucson artist. If you purchase art from our lobby, know that every dollar of the sale goes directly to the artist who created it.
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Bio: Born in London, Andy Burgess is perhaps Tucson’s most well known artist, renowned for paintings and collages that depict the sharp lines and perspective of mid-century architecture. His photography offers an acute sense of his artistic eye, capturing the geometry, decay, and regrowth of the urban environment. Plus it’s beautiful. That helps too.
Bio: Black works mainly in metalpoint, a classic technique in which soft metals are used to draw precise lines on a primed surface. Basic Instinct, a pen and silverpoint piece, took three months to complete.
Bio: You can find Jessica’s amazing art all over town and all over the hotel. The three paintings hanging in the hotel lobby externalize often-unexpressed emotive states with vibrant color and design that are uniquely the artist’s own. Her stunning mural out front is the perfect welcome to Hotel McCoy, and to Tucson’s art culture.
Bio: Alex Jimenez is a dynamic local artist who does everything from murals (like the super cool Toontown in our entryway!) to the “Geographical Alphabet” print series in our lobby. Odds are good that you’ve seen her designs on flyers and billboards around town, too. She’s amazing.
Bio: Christine Gorman, Sarah Renshaw and Anita Riter, together known as Tres Gueras, are expert upcyclers and designers who create fun, funky, and unique décor. Clearly Christine knows a thing or two about mosaics too: Marilyn De Los Muertos, which hangs in our hotel lobby, is a portrait of Marilyn Monroe in the style of Dia De Los Muertos, a traditional Mexican holiday us Tucsonans are proud to celebrate each year.
Bio: Alyssa is an artist specializing in illustration and lettering. Her lovely works hanging in the hotel lobby feature her masterful control of both skills. Alyssa’s following has exploded in the past couple of years, and it’s easy to see why. Soon she will come back to the hotel to add to our distinguished mural collection. We can’t wait to see what she creates!
Bio: Erni Cabat (July 7, 1914 – November 9, 1994) was a remarkably talented designer and artist. Cabat-Gill was the preeminent advertisement firm in the Southwest in the ‘40s and ‘50s, and had a huge impact on the unique signage all over Tucson. He and his wife Rose were internationally known visual artists as well—he painted until his death in 1994.
Bio: Tucson’s favorite harmonica player and blues singer also creates some crazy cool visual art! The three pieces hanging in our lobby capture his bold, unique Americana spirit. Tom epitomizes Tucson—even if he is from London. He plays his music all over town; don’t miss your chance to see a real Tucson staple.
Fletcher & Co
Bio: A husband and wife super-duo who work as professional photographers in a variety of fields, Fletcher & Co clearly have a knack for finding the beauty in the small things. These gold risograph prints are F&C’s take on specimen shots, printed on a special machine using environmentally friendly soy-based ink. How cool is that?
Bio: Sean creates Dali-like, surreal renditions of the familiar that remind us how very strange the things we see really are. In Dos Sonorenses, two desert pigs (called javelinas) stand in the foreground and frame a real Tucson monument, San Xavier Mission. Sean’s style blends the strange and beautiful in remarkable ways.
Rebel Heart Poetry
Bio: From the pithy and sweet—like Good Poetry, Bad Handwriting—to the lovely and long narrative flow of No Place Like Tucson, RHP reminds the reader of the obvious truths that we so often miss. Undeniably positive, yet unbreakably willful, this poet embodies the soul of Tucson.
Daniel Martin Diaz
Bio: Fueled by a voracious curiosity and a love of science and symbolism, Daniel Martin Diaz creates magic and mystery with paint and design. Award winning and world-renowned, DMD calls Tucson home and blessed us with the moon phase mural outside of the gym as well as two lobby pieces.
Bio: When your favorite bartender is also an incredible artist, what do you do? You go into Che’s, located on Fourth Avenue, and you beg said bartender to paint a mural on the exterior of your lobby wall. The cactus wielding scuba man you see from the pool is the result of our pleas.
Bio: With a modern, stripped down style and a stunning ability to transmit emotion through portraiture, Sean Cannon is truly a Tucson treasure. Check out the painting in the hotel lobby and the iconic John Wayne mural in our Zen Garden—and prepare to be stunned.
Bio: Bold, bright, and beautiful, Jessica’s murals beautify walls all over Tucson. Her work here at Hotel McCoy is no exception. Check out the mural towards the back of the property, and Animal Instinct in our hotel lobby. Ms. Contreras’ art celebrates her—and Tucson’s—Hispanic heritage.
A bit of a graffiti gypsy, Denz rolled into Tucson with a suitcase full of spray-paint and big dreams. He came, he created, and then he followed his heart out west. While he was 520 official, he created the poolside classic sneaker mural.
Bio: What happens when you take macramé and put it in the hands of a Tucson native? Ask Mayra Duron of Solace Macramè—or head over to Hotel McCoy to see one example of her lovely work hanging in the lobby. Making Macramé Cool!
Bio: Inspired by the colors of the desert, PhiloSohia doesn’t hold back when it comes to color and design. Her lobby piece, Splatter No. 3 is no exception to her no-rules rule.
Bio: North Carolina transplants Pete and Andrea Connolly have been making music (under the moniker Birds and Arrows) and art together for over a decade. Pete’s visual art, on display in the hotel lobby, reveals a clear fascination with the rugged, wild desert landscape surrounding Tucson. Check out their website for the full story of what drew them to Tucson.
Bio: That our GM Nicole discovered Most Coldest & her paintings by chance, in a crowded Tucson underpass, is a miracle for our lobby. Her abstract paintings, created by pouring paint and then casting spells over the canvas (the only way I see such beauty being possible), have a geologic, elemental aura that is totally her own.
Bio: Equal parts storm-chaser and nature photographer, Tony captures some of the Sonoran desert’s most iconic natural wonders and phenomena. From the unrivaled beauty of cactus blooms, to the awe-inspiring power of monsoon lightning, these photographs immortalize the aspects of Tucson we miss when we aren’t here.
Bio: Our favorite Colombian Tucsonan, and Hotel McCoy’s first artist in residence, Daniela is a true mural-making gem. Her palate brings Colombian color to totally Tucson themes in all her work here—we have THREE pieces by her. We can’t wait to have her back!
Bio: If you have been in Tucson for more than 12 minutes, chances are you’ve already been wowed by Joe Pagac’s murals. They are huge, full of personality, and everywhere. Bill Walton riding a jackrabbit? You bet. Here at the hotel, Joe graced us with an episodic mural, which puts a Sonoran spin on the Odyssey story. Take the walk—yes, it requires that you walk—and see for yourself.
Bio: If you’ve spent any time in Tucson, you know the tattoo culture is absolutely poppin’. Clint is one of the great local tattoo artists, who also happens to be an incredible muralist. He created a gorgeous neon-esque Hotel McCoy mural that you can’t miss. Check out more of his work @clint_tzu on Instagram.
Modern Aquarian Signs
Bio: Ashley White, the woman behind the moniker, creates beautiful signage for businesses all over Tucson. We are beyond stoked to have her work grace the outside of our lobby, and she is coming back to create more beauty soon!
Bio: Michelle is the nativeTucson artist responsible for the gorgeous Corazon painting on the 200s building. Blessed with the natural ability to draw and paint since childhood, her art has depth upon depth.
Bio:Take a walk through the dark and sparkly fantasy world of Christina Thomas. Christina Hailing from So-Cal and here in Tucson to stay, save for her occasional globetrotting, she is a multimedia artist and fashion designer with works ranging from mixed media paintings and sculpture to film clips and photography. The hallway art installation here at Hotel McCoy is one of her largest installations to date and we LOVE it. Her work has shown at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, and has appeared in Women’s Wear Daily. Cool, huh?
Bio: Desert dreamer Bonnie Gradillas wanders around, camera in hand, searching for magic. The result of her adventures is what you see here, in black and white. Emotive and ethereal, Bonnie’s work speaks to the beholder. Her work can be found in room 104, The Bonnie Gradillas Room.
Bio: Welcome to the abstract and colorful world of Miss Addy Cottle. If you’re staying in Rooms 105 or 114, enjoy the texturized works of this young Tucosn artist & musician. She’s one to watch.
Bio: Painter, writer, teacher, and style-icon, Karen Smith left NYC city life for the Sonoran Desert back in 1987. Her colorful pieces, what she refers to as acrylic “pourz,” bring cheer to the room. A labor of love, pouring, tilting, and heating, each painting is one of a kind. Love Karen’s work? Read her book, Stylishly Sexy, & get to know the woman behind the swirls.
Bio: Much of Ed’s work is inspired by his 30 years of living on the coast of Mexico, watching driftwood wash up on the shore, artwork molded by the elements. Ed’s style is much of the same, molding and sculpting pieces out of stone, each of his pieces has deep symbolic meaning. His featured sculpture, The Orphic Egg, is one of our favorite lobby pieces.
Bio: Andrea creates art from abundance, upcycling beautiful glass & pieces that would otherwise be thrown away and turning them into bright and beautiful mosaics.
Not only is Andrea a well-respected Tucson artist, she is also a teacher, offering both private and public workshops to those with a mind for mosaics.
Bio: Elisha is a free thinking painter with an affinity for both color and black & white, Elisha relocated from Alaska in 2017. Inspired by both her homeland and her new desert life, Elisha’s art captures the world’s beauty, one piece at a time. When she’s not painting murals, or making the perfect cup of coffee, you can find her on the dance floor, living with the music
Bio: Incredibly talented and equally kind-spirited, Kurt is responsible for the gorgeous poolside Tucson mural that pays homage to the Mission San Xavier del Bac. If you can dream it, Kurt can paint it. We’ll probably keep coming up with stuff for him just so we can hang out- he’s truly the best.