Get ready to feast your eyes on some fresh art this September, as Ruinart unveils its collaboration with leading Australian artist Otis Hope Carey. The collab sees Carey, who is both an acclaimed artist and professional surfer from Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung country, lend his creativity to the brand’s Second Skin eco-packaging. The end result is a series of five hand-painted, limited-edition and hypnotically beautiful artworks that explore his Gumbaynggirr clan totem, Gaagal, meaning the ocean.
The blending of history, art and contemporary culture comes together beautifully in the series, as it simultaneously demonstrates consideration for the future thanks to the focus on sustainability. The Ruinart Second Skin eco-packaging the heart of Carey’s artworks is an entirely recyclable cloak composed of 100% natural wood fibres, offering a genius sustainable alternative to the traditional gift box.
The oldest champagne house still in production, Ruinart has been committed to the preservation of the living soils that produce its exceptional wines. So, it makes sense that now, as it enters its fourth century and is face to face with ever-growing environmental challenges, sustainability remains a leading source of innovation and the driving force for its creativity.
In addition to its commitment to sustainability, Ruinart has a centuries-long tradition of collaborating with contemporary artists to tell its stories, which shines in its collaboration with Carey. Carey, the 2020 finalist in the Wynne Prize and two-time winner of the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles, centres his art on an exploration of the bush and the ocean. His latest exhibition, OUR TOTEM, is a prime example, with similar themes explored in his teaming up with Ruinart.
“It’s been great to work with Ruinart on this project,” Carey said. “It aligns with what I believe, and what my art talks to…that if you look after Country, Country will look after you.”
The three Ruinart X Otis Hope Carey artworks will be available to purchase from 8 September 2022 at www.ruinart.com/otis-hope-Carey-collaboration. All proceeds from the sale of the artworks will be donated to Seed, a network committed to bringing together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people for climate justice, with a vision for a just and sustainable future.