The holidays are almost upon us, and maybe you’re still struggling to find a gift for that wine geek on your list. How about some wine-related art? The team at W&S has seen its share of Wine Mom t-shirts and new coasters made of cork, enough to be wary of “wine art.” There is, however, wine-related art that we find beautiful in various ways. Our short list includes art about wine as well as art created by people who work in wine. Happy Holidays!
CLARE CARVER and her husband Brian Marcy are the animating forces behind Big Table Farm, where chickens, pigs, goats, cows, draft horses and bees roam their pastures in Willamette Valley, alongside their winery dedicated to pinot noir, chardonnay and syrah. Clare is also a trained artist who has exhibited throughout the Bay Area and Australia. Her landscapes and botanical paintings provide a rich and intimate portrayal of rural life.
Another Oregonian artist, NICHOLAS DOUGHTY has worked in the food and beverage industry for more than 25 years. His art is heavily influenced by traditional Japanese art as well as several modern masters. Check out his Food & Beverage Series of 20 contemporary reinterpretations of Japanese woodblock art set in the culinary world, or his Vineyard and Winery Series that explores influential scenes from the wine world through the lens of the Shin-Hanga style.
Fashion photographer DAVID SAWYER refers to wine as his side hustle. Before working as wine director at Husk in Charleston and Lilia Ristorante in Brooklyn, he was shooting for brands including Tiffany, Manolo Blahnik and David Yurman. David’s series on Drinks, Food & Vineyards offers an abundance of vivid and evocative images for the wine lover in your life.
ROBERT PERKINS, also a veteran of the restaurant industry, is a graduate of Fine Art Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. His paintings have been exhibited throughout the Bay area, and his designs grace the labels of Skylark Wine Company, where he is co-proprietor.
JOHN DONOHUE, a former editor for The New Yorker magazine, is a prolific artist who reckons that he draws at least twice a day. He launched All the Restaurants in 2017, a whimsical series of ink drawings that focused first on the exterior facades of New York City restaurants, and eventually expanded to include restaurants in Paris, London and Napa Valley. If you’ve eaten there, he’s probably drawn it.
ELAINE CHUKAN BROWN is a gifted wine educator and visual artist. She is a contributing writer for Wine & Spirits Magazine and works with a range of other media internationally. Her creative ways of communicating about wine include this series of T-shirts featuring some of her hand-drawn designs.
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