Lockdown is still going strong in a lot of countries. We are stuck at home, most of us bored out of our minds, but there is something that helps us make quarantine a little more bearable—wine, of course. And did you know that you can not only drink it, but use it as paint for your next artistic masterpiece?
A Serbian artist by the name Sanja Jankovic creates amazing works of art using wine. She portrays characters from the popular TV show Game of Thrones, scenes from the movie Interstellar, and even famous paintings like the Mona Lisa. The artist told us: "I create art with unconventional materials. I am originally from Serbia, the infamous winemakers' Srem district. Attending wine tastings is quite a common thing there. During a tasting back in 2015, a spilled red wine over a clean tablecloth had caught my attention. I imagined those deep red stains on white paper and after a few successful experiments, 'Winerelle art' came to life."
"Painting with wine is like painting with moody watercolors—hues would change from contact with air or as the painting ages. Wine stains are layered from lighter to darker tones, and every wine is different; some of them have warmer red pigments, like cabernet, and others have a cooler purple feel, like pinot noir. I use all of them for different effects, avoiding the cheaper wines as they form into sticky sugar crystals. After completion, each piece has to be varnished to ensure pigment longevity. Wine paintings also loathe sunlight and humid environments."
"Winerelle themes were quite random at first, from portraits, fan art, still life, and landscapes; however, lately I have found a solid direction in traveling and telling the stories of different wine regions. The last few years were quite exciting, as wine art introduced me to different places and people: wine conferences, master-class in Russia, travels to Japan, exhibitions in Dubai, and many clients from the USA. My main goal is to continue collaboration with winemakers and use wine art as design."
"Currently I am based in the United Arab Emirates, enjoying my full-time lecturer job at Canadian University Dubai. Since we're all adjusting to the 'new normal,' I took a deep breath to slowly and steadily complete the new painting series."
What do you think of Sanja's paintings? Would you like to try painting with wine? Tell us in the comments and don't forget to like your favorite artwork. Also, go show some love to the artist!