Wine Society member Sorrell Kinley got in touch to tell us about a tasting he attended last year and how it inspired a whole new art project resulting in some beautiful linocuts. Sorrell tells us more below, including how you can get your hands on some prints, should you so desire… and if you have been inspired to attend a Wine Society tasting, take a look at the events programme, maybe it could be the start of an artistic new chapter for you too!
Inspiration for my artwork
I didn’t realise that my first foray into a Society’s wine tasting event would inspire new artwork based on the region. However, an unexpected consequence of spending a delightful evening at the award-winning Ridgeview Wine Estate in East Sussex did just that.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the event at Ridgeview and it was a chance for me to reconnect with my home county of Sussex. After an informative tour of the winery and canapés next to the vines, we sat down to a five-course meal prepared by local chef, Matt Gillan with each beautifully prepared course being expertly paired with a Ridgeview wine.
After each course, Matt would come and ask our opinion of the food and the wine pairing. Throughout the evening we were able to gaze out from the dining room as the evening sun lit the South Downs… it was a truly inspirational view.
A sensory experience to stimulate creativity
Accommodation in nearby Ditchling meant we could explore the local area where I made preparatory sketches and took photographs which I then worked up into linoprints back in my printmaking workshop. The evening’s sensory experience stimulated my creativity, resulting in the work you see above. The original prints are available as are fine art giclee´ versions.
For more information about Sorrell’s work, visit his Facebook page Sorrell Kinley Printmaker or contact him directly on 07816 407345 or firstname.lastname@example.org