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