I recently came across the very interesting Wine Sensations project by young French artist Jason Szakal. The idea is to capture a wine’s essence in a visual form, through the medium of painting. After doing some research about the subject, Jason consults wine professionals and and sommeliers to get a general idea of what the final work might look like. He then tastes the wine with other amateurs and combines what the pros say with what what he and his friends “feel” to create an abstract representation of how a Château Pibarnon jumps out of the glass/canvas or a Chablis stretches itself like a beam across the palate (or at least those are my interpretations of the following paintings).
He says that half of the final work will be his own inspiration, while the other half is drawn from the audience, with whom he discusses the wine by going from table to table before the show. I find that his abstract style lends itself beautifully to such exercises and hope that I am able to attend one of his tastings in the future!