Lizette Chirrime Duvel Art of Glass
Mozambican artist Lizette Chirrime is the first African to have her work featured on a limited-edition Duvel Collection beer glass. Image: Dwayne Senior for Marvello & Mill / Belgian Beer Company, Duvel.

Belgian beer company Duvel celebrates the ‘Art of Glass’ with its first-ever collaboration with an African creative, Mozambican artist Lizette Chirrime.

Born in Maputo, Mozambique, Lizette Chirrime is now based in Cape Town and has a studio in Observatory. Image: Dwayne Senior for Marvello & Mill / Belgian Beer Company, Duvel.

An age-old craft meets world-class art in a new collaboration between Duvel and Lizette Chirrime, whose ‘Madonna’ artwork was chosen to adorn the brand’s limited-edition beer glass.

Lizette Chirrime Duvel Art of Glass
The Duvel Collections features glasses adorned with artworks by creatives ranging from Dutch artist Parra (front far left) to Belgian painter Denis Meyers (front far right).

Since 2010, Duvel has been partnering with select international artists to adorn a limited-edited Duvel glass with one of their works. The Duvel Collection features designs by creatives ranging from Dutch artist Parra and Dutch letterer Job Wouters (aka Letman) to Belgian illustrator Philippe Debongnie and Belgian painter Denis Meyers.

Lizette Chirrime Duvel Art of Glass
Lizette Chirrime specialises in large-scale textile-driven works on canvas, creating alluring abstract forms inspired by her life experiences. Image: Dwayne Senior for Marvello & Mill / Belgian Beer Company, Duvel.

Now the Belgian beer company has teamed up with Chirrime in its first-ever collaboration with an African artist for the latest Duvel Collection glass. ‘We loved the way Lizette’s journey has been expressed through her art, and we felt her bold mixed media artworks would be the perfect fit for the first African artwork to grace a Duvel glass,’ says Duvel director Rejeanne Vlietman. ‘Her work shows growth, love and togetherness.’

Lizette Chirrime Duvel Art of Glass
Lizette Chirrime uses offcuts of Shweshwe and other fabrics associated with African dress in her works. Image: Dwayne Senior for Marvello & Mill / Belgian Beer Company, Duvel.

Born in Maputo, Mozambique, Chirrime specialises in large-scale works on canvas, using offcuts of Shweshwe and other fabrics associated with African dress to create abstract designs inspired by her life experiences.

Lizette Chirrime Duvel Art of Glass
‘I paint with fabric,’ says Lizette Chirrime, who sews and glues together the offcuts to create large-scale works. Image: Dwayne Senior for Marvello & Mill / Belgian Beer Company, Duvel.

‘The fabrics I use are all offcuts so it’s also a message for us Africans to inspire each other to be able to work with what we have,’ says Chirrime. ‘I believe that through my work, I’m uniting human beings by bringing things together in harmony.’

Lizette Chirrime with ‘Madonna’, her artwork that was selected for the limited-edition Duvel Collection glass. Image: Dwayne Senior for Marvello & Mill / Belgian Beer Company, Duvel.

Chirrime’s work is often influenced by water, the female form and human emotions, with her ‘Madonna’ artwork illustrating the multiple aspects and layered complexity of the female in a fluid and complex design. While striking on canvas, its depiction on a piece of glass results in an element of transparency and gives added dimension to the work.

Lizette Chirrime Duvel Art of Glass
The new ‘Madonna’ Duvel Collection glass will be available at an exclusive selection of bars and restaurants in Cape Town and Johannesburg, with a limited amount up for sale. Image: Dwayne Senior for Marvello & Mill / Belgian Beer Company, Duvel.

The ‘Madonna’ Duvel Collection glass launched at Cape Town’s WORLDART Gallery in conjunction with the opening of Chirrime’s solo show The Forms of the Invisible Demand. It will be available at select bars and restaurants in Cape Town and Johannesburg, with a limited amount up for sale.

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