Vines in Autumn

61 x 51 cms  2001

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I was commissioned to do Vines in Autumn and Vines in Spring for a red and white label for the Wilson Vineyards. This label won the FINAT Prize for letterpress printing, for the Adelaide printers at a major competition in France.

Commissions are difficult things, attempting to fulfil someone else's vision, because, however much freedom I might be given to interpret their subject, it will always be judged against their own preconceptions. I try to avoid them.

Anyway, having taken a great many photos of Wilson's winery and of vines elsewhere I ended up making a simple composition into which I fitted not only John Wilson himself  but some of the buildings he had constructed.

Then I had to learn how to paint vine leaves.

Vines in Autumn