Amicable Settlement Reached Between Katong Hotel and Artist

Hotel Indigo Katong Singapore has reached an amicable settlement with the artist Richard Lee Xin Li.

The latter had discovered last month – much to his shock and dismay – an image on the boutique hotel’s Facebook page incorporating one of his illustrations without his permission. The image in question depicted a wall of a hotel room decorated with a black and white mural of a cyclist and his pillion rider, and a man making teh tarik. Mr Lee’s original illustration – part of a series of colour illustrations depicting traditional Katong – had a Singapore Girl as the pillion rider.

Mr Lee had initially commented: “Really unpleasant to find out Hotel Indigo Katong has taken parts of my Katong artworks for their visuals without prior consent.”
The artist and the hotel, which is part of the InterContinental Hotels Group, have however reached an amicable settlement. The dispute was resolved at a meeting on December 21 with Mr Lee, Katong Holdings development manager Elaine Seah, design manager Loh Sook Mun, as well as the hotel’s general manager Mr Adel Aramouni.

At the meeting, Katong Holdings explained that Mr Lee’s artwork had been used solely for mock-up purposes to guide the design of the actual guestrooms. This mood-board had then been unintentionally released. However, the hotel has since removed all related images online.

Mr Lee also took the opportunity to “encourage attribution to content creators, be it (in the genre of) art, architecture, literature, film, photography or music. Attribution is of great significance for a content creator and the creative community at large.”