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Fine Wine Meets Fine Art

Alcohol Art Ukiyo-e

The finer the wine, the richer the color. That’s what Serbian artist Sanja Jankovic discovered while exploring the intricacies of the unusual grape-based medium she uses to create a large number of beautiful scenes and portraits featuring subjects like Marilyn Monroe and characters from the HBO series Game of Thrones.

While Jankovic’s wine art is as varied as it is beautiful, her Far East Collection really shows off the beauty of the grape-based medium, substituting watercolors traditionally seen on well-known ukiyo-e woodblock prints for shades of claret instead.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa (The Wave) c. 1829-32, by Katsushika Hokusai, is one of Japan’s most famous artworks. With the addition of wine-filled brushstrokes, the well-known blue-and-white scene takes on a different color palette and is renamed The Great Wave of KanagaWine.

Wine art images like these are all available to purchase from the artist, who accepts orders and requests via Facebook. With only the finest wines used in each painting, it’s a simple and beautiful way to combine a good vintage with all the pleasures of fine art. See more after the break!

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