Exploring interplay of wine and human experience. Stretching visual language of wine. Text-based wine blogs document wine palates, but can't explore explore our relationship with wine. My visuals explored issues that WSET material didn't touch. I created and innovated 'illustrated tasting notes', 'wine tone poems', and dynamic 'animated illustrated tasting notes' that I post on Instagram. The original blog (see '170 More Illustrations' menu button above) also includes cartoons, comics, politics, culture, history, geography, geology: none of which are done by anyone else.
Wine, beer, and spirits cross paths with us throughout history and on every conceivable platform of life; but there is scant conceptual or visual exploration of it. Modern wine world is full of artless photographs, and representations of vineyards, bottles, glasses. All by people without wine knowledge.
I stretch further visually-textually-conceptually to expand an expression of our alcohol experience on spiritual, historical, and psychological levels. Often searching for humour in an otherwise self-serious industry – paradoxically, since its products are consumed as an escape from the banal.
Particularly drawn to abstract expressionism in forms that are carefully and purposefully constructed with a base of knowledge of wine terroir, history, and region. I dig deeper, both visually-textually-conceptually, to see what – like the vine growing out of rocky, dry, infertile soil – emerges.
Below are a few expressions of my experiences with these alchemic, alcoholic foodstuffs in a range of art forms: (in columns from left to right) Three graphic comics, and two canvas portraits in the first column; mixed-media production vessels on canvas in the second column; single-bottle 'tasting notes' articulated into purposefully coloured, visual 'tone poems' in the third column; and three early conceptual renderings of the vineyard life-cycle (below this group is a complete vineyard-cycle set).
View these (below) in vertical columns.