Plastic artist Jorge Martorell has come up with an idea to use wine in a new and very original way: he uses it as the protagonist in his artistic work. How? Painting his canvas with Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet and Chardonnay wines, among others.
In his pictures, Martorell replaces the traditional acrylic paintings for wine, a technique he discovered by accident when he was working and spilled a glass of wine over the canvas and stained it. It was that moment when Martorell decided to leave the wine stain as a part of his artwork. He was so amazed by the result that he continued to use wine in his other paintings.
That’s how Martorell’s paintings became well known for using stains of red wine all over his pictures. His work materials changed and are now the wine, adulterated wine, and natural inks. Jorge Martorell uses all kinds of wines and strains: from high-end wines to minor ones.
Wine has a lot of properties and qualities very similar to watercolors and its range of colors after its oxidation is great for the paintings: red, purple, crimson, rusty red, gray, moss green, plum, blue navy, teal, lavender are some of them, while white sparkling wines leave yellows and oranges tones.
“The process to paint with wine is based on trial-and-error” confirms Martorell. During the process of his artwork, he uses the wine’s oxidation to obtain the desired results and colors. On the other hand, if he wishes to stop the oxidation, he uses acrylics, natural inks or iron oxide. Martorell keeps it very professional and he works along with an oenologist who teaches him more about wine to get better colors, paints, and textures.
Music is also part of the concept of his art, which is often inspired by tangos, phrases, and emblematic names: Uno, Tinta Roja, La última curda, Las vueltas de la vida, Déjame que llore, Me quedé mirándola, Rodando por Callao are some of them.
The list of materials is still growing. For example, in his painting “Last Tango in Paris” (inspired on Argentinian Gato Barbieri‘s composition for the movie from Bertolucci) he incorporated a drop of blood to finish the work.
And if you are wondering, no, he does not drink while he works, he barely gets his lips wet.
Château Malartic-Lagravière 2008 is a Pessac-Léognan from the Château Malartic Lagravière cellar is made with petit verdot and merlot of 2008 and 13º of alcohol strength.
Château Quinault L’Enclos 2006 is a wine red with DO Saint-Émilion Grand Cru from the 2006 harvest.