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Cabernet Sauvignon, Australian wine label,artist marie jonsson harrison

219 ART on WINE Labels


One of the more pleasurable occurrences for me as an artist has been when my work has been used for either a cover of a magazine or a wine label.  There is just something so special when you see your work in print and of course it has the added benefit of being seen by more people than just hanging on the wall.  If you want to see one of the magazine covers I am talking about use this link; 112 Artlink Magazine

painting for a wine label of the Sydney opera house and Sydney harbor bridge in bright colours

Wine to celebrate a summers day on the Sydney Harbour


So it was with great delight that I discovered that Gallerie Knud Grothe had decided to make a wine label of my painting “The Dane & the Tassie Devil” for the opening of his art exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The wine this time is a product of Chile, instead of the Australian wine labels my art has appeared on before.  Here is a bit about the exhibition if you fancy a look; 218 European Easter Art Exhibition

Cabernet Sauvignon, Australian wine label,artist marie jonsson harrison

The Art of a good red!


I have had the privilege of doing a few wine labels before; my first was in 1997 for a wonderful boutique winery in the Polish Hills of Clare Valley called Wilson Vineyard.  At that time it was run by John Wilson who apart from fabulous wines also had a penchant for art.  John had since 1988 commissioned a different artist to design and paint a new label for the Polish Hill River Riesling label – the exterior artwork compliments the art within.  The year I was chosen I was asked to do 2 labels one for the Riesling and another for their fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon.  I have to tell you that the wine is to die for and there were fringe benefits to this job.

painting of cows by the dam at Polish Hill, Wilson Vinyard in the Clare Valley

Painting Australian Riesling wine label for Wilson Vinyard, Clare Valley


In any case that year’s wine was great and the wine labels well received, so much so that we even made the cover of the Grapegrower & Winemaker Magazine which in wine circles were quite an honour.   In 2000 John was one of the handful of Clare winemakers who led the screwcap revolution. Whilst many were hedging their bets John decided to dedicate his entire production, reds and whites, to the screwcap closure in 2001 and never looked back.

train and people drinking wine on a Australian wine label

Celebrating Art and Australian wines!

In the year leading up to 2000 I was again commissioned to do a painting this time for a book about Port Adelaide and it’s history called Port Adelaide – Tales from a “Commodious Harbour” authored by John Couper-Smart, realization by Christine Courtney who also commissioned the painting and were one of the driving forces in this project.


This painting was then also made into a wine label for the Friends of the South Australian Maritime Museum and had a limited bottle number of 500.  Delicious 2000 Shiraz Cabernet this time.  Maybe this is how I have gotten a taste for red wine – it’s my art and the wine labels fault!

maritime painting by artist marie jonsson harrison for an Australian wine label

Maritime painting for Australian Wine

Writing about wine on this day, Good Friday is probably quite fitting too, seems to be a strong feature of the bible and religious ceremonies.

Here is a quote I like about my favourite wine with added bubbles Champagne – by Napoleon Bonaparte and  we all know he had both victories and defeats.

“In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it”

Till next time happy painting and sculpting to you all.

Love Marie xxx

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