17th June 2020
A unique collaboration which brings together limited-edition art and limited-edition cask whisky bottlings has been launched by drinks industry veterans and a renowned Scottish artist.
The Spirit of Art will initially launch three cask bottlings with an artwork created exclusively for that cask. A limited edition print of the artwork will be sold with each bottle and features on both the label and the carton.
The business brings together the roles of whisky curator – held by Keeper of the Quaich George Thomson, who over a 40-year career in the drinks industry held senior positions in Diageo, Grants and Forth Wines – and commissioning artist Nichol Wheatley. Nichol recreated the story of Tam O’Shanter across 10 canvases in a two-year labour of love commissioned by Oran Mor owner Colin Beattie which are displayed in the bar. He also worked for, and with, famous artist and author the late Alasdair Gray over a period of 14 years, including helping to paint Alasdair’s renowned celestial ceiling mural in Oran Mor’s auditorium. George will seek out the whiskies and Nichol will commission artists to create the embodiment of the whisky on canvas.
The initial launches include:
Artist Nichol Wheatley’s painting of ‘Ben Rinnes Hill’ shows the distillery in the foreground.
George Thomson, explains:
“It is neither the artist nor the whisky that is the star of our show – it is the combination of the genius in cask and on canvas that creates the magic behind the Spirit of Art. This unique collaboration provides a great opportunity for whisky lovers to add to their collection or provides a unique gifting opportunity.
These three launches are the first in a collaboration with whisky producers and artists that we will bring to the market in this exciting new venture.”
Nichol Wheatley, adds:
“Working with the art community to create and commission works of art for a drink I love was too good an opportunity to pass up. The making of whisky is a true art in itself and the distilleries and their geographies provide a perfect backdrop for the canvas.”
Joining George and Nicol in the business are Ewen Cameron, who has worked in the drinks industry for over 40 years with the likes of S&N and Forth Wines, and Euan Thomson who has been in sales roles within a number of drinks organisations.
For more information visit www.distillersart.com.
C.E.O. / Whisky Curator