The Piece Project
VENUS, IF YOU WILL
In a first for The Piece Project, 2017 saw an all-female line up of extremely talented artists. Already making a name for herself on the streets of Adelaide and beyond, is Lisa King. Lisa’s modern approach to art involves mural work, influenced by indie, punk & street-art culture. Her work has been labelled 'colourfully angelic yet seemingly dark'. This piece is no exception. Using a seemingly whimsical palette, her depiction of the Goddess of Love, Venus, cuts a deeply ambiguous figure. Is she falling? Has she fallen? Is she waking or on the brink of death? Regardless, it’s an utterly feminine work that deservedly won the judges award at the 7th annual Piece Project.
IN VINO VERITAS
‘In Wine, Truth’. George Rose is a visual artist with a flair for not taking life too seriously. With a paintbrush and aerosol can, the Melbourne based artist presented a seemingly frivolous work with splashes and curlicues in no particular order. However, it’s all there for a reason with a palette reflective of all the colours Longview shiraz conjures up: blue fruits, red currants, toasty oak with a backdrop of bright yellow sun and skies of blue. Anyone who has experienced the organised chaos of vintage then awed at the harmony of the finished product will appreciate the story being told here.
Winner of the People’s Choice award, Poise’s femme fatales are decked out with ‘50’s hairdos, gum-ball lips, a wink and a smile. Usually adorning her super-colourful characters with a hint of the macabre, this pop-piece is all about celebration. A celebration of strong women, freedom, sisterhood, summer and above all, friendship. In fact, it depicts the bond Poise has with the artist she painted right next to on the day, Nish Cash. A friendship that goes way back, archived forever in spray paint.
For only the second time in The Piece Project’s history, both the Judges Award and Peoples’ Choice Award was taken out by one artist – Dvate. Astonishing realism bursts through an old school graffiti backdrop in a perfect representation on the “rural meets urban” theme. Researching the Macclesfield area, Dvate discovered that the Southern Hills were an abundant Emu colony before settlement and this piece gives the native bird pride of place, where it rightfully belongs.
UNDER A WATCHFUL EYE
The eye-popping work of prolific Melbourne street-artist Putos can be found all over that city. Known for his mind-blowing paintings of dragons and sea creatures, to the humble dog or chicken, Putos gave us his fantastical version of the mighty Wedge Tailed Eagle that flies over Longview, making sure other pesky birds stay well clear of our grapes.Buy the wine
STILL LIFE WITH VENUS
Local up and comer, Kiddoe surprised us all with a detour from his usual typographic style and threw up this wonderfully abstract tasting note full of liquorice all-sorts, chocolate, cherries and cinnamon stick with the chiselled structure of a classical sculpture. Very clever work indeed.Buy the wine
LAYERS OF LONGVIEW
Known throughout the street-art world for his bold calligraphic work and signature font stylings, usually on a massive scale, Mayo was a very close contender to take out the Judges Award in 2016. Created with brushes only and featuring amazing detail (like 6 different shades of gold paint!), Mayo’s astonishing, layered work features the names of Longview’s owners, staff, varieties and even guests who witnessed him create this masterpiece. Impossible to look away.Buy the wine
In a departure from the competition format, Longview decided to commission an artist to create The Piece label in 2015. We went old school and called on Melbourne graffiti pioneer Johnny “Duel” Williams to create one of his layered, geometrical paint explosions to burst off the bottle. As quirky and colourful as his personality, this piece smashed the brief of “use colours, make it fun!” and is as unpredictable as the court-jester it represents.
THICK FUNKY LAND
Winner of the People’s Choice Award for 2015, Roger’s piece looks like it is in constant movement. Flowing like a lava-lamp with cool-coloured shapes morphing into one another, Roger’s inspiration was this very vineyard; bursting with undulating slopes and gradients, textures and skewed aspects.
THE PIECE MACHINE
2 artists battled it out for the People’s Choice Award in 2015. Piano has been throwing up 3-D style street art all over Adelaide and the globe for some time now. This sculpture-like piece of a post-industrial fun machine, plays with shadow and familiar patterns but with a depth that intrigues the viewer.Buy the wine
The judges clear winner in 2014. Hallucinogenic, humorous, and stimulating, Mike Makatron’s work can be found in urban landscapes all over the world. Focussing on the animal within us all, his work blurs the line between man, beast and machine. This piece depicts two greedy taste buds eagerly attempting to gobble up Longview’s grapey goodness.
The people’s choice winner for 2014, this mind blowing juxtaposition of realism and mysticism took everyone by surprise. Inspired by a photograph of a friend swirling a glass of wine, the subject’s senses erupt in a burst of colour, aroma, texture, light and shade with the vineyard all the while anchoring everything that leaps from the unseen glass.
LIPS LIKE WINE
One of South Australia’s top street artists, CWR’s work can be found in galleries and public spaces all over Adelaide. Forever changing styles around, CWR can never be pinned down and this piece surprised us all. An ode to unrequited love, this piece’s subject proves elusive, leaving a jumble of thoughts in her wake. Complex, like wine.Buy the wine
Winner of both the judge’s award and the people’s choice, Mexican artist Peque created a 3-D master work of astonishing detail and perspective. Peque’s illustrative caricatures are becoming world famous and whilst deeply rooted in graffiti they have an accessibility that defies boundaries. In this Piece, Peque gives us the Roman wine God, Bacchus, in a meditative state, savouring a glass of Shiraz amid a backdrop of colours associated with vines and wine.
Tiff & Chris
These two up and coming South Australian artists created a vibrant cornucopia of flora and fauna emerging from a pot of soil. “Wine means fun and laughter to us and we wanted this piece to reflect that!” The process of making wine is often a serious affair but this work reminds us of all the good times associated with it.Buy the wine
DEUS EX MACHINA
Phibs is an Australian Graffiti icon, having painted on the streets of Sydney and Melbourne for the better part of 3 decades. This piece exemplifies Phibs’ tribal style and by using figurative bird and fish subjects taps into the elemental and primitive nature of viticulture.Buy the wine
Impressed with his ever changing style, Stoops was asked back to compete again, narrowly missing out on the main prize. This amazingly layered piece captures the fury of the elements with the word “Piece” barely discernible among the textures created by water & violent lightning swirls. It reveals itself in stages, not unlike brooding complex wines.Buy the wine
Winner of the second competition, Sydney Artist Beastman started out with just three pea sized berries at the centre of his piece, representing the early stages of grapes prior to ripening. From there, everything flows; colour, life, movement, sound, taste, sense. It’s symmetrical and chaotic, yet it achieves remarkable balance, like Longview’s Shiraz.
Using aerosol, stencils, acrylic paint and an incredibly steady hand, Shannon Crees overwhelmingly won the People’s Choice award for her poetic vision of the mother of the vines. The mesmerizing glance of its subject, grape bunches, vine leaves, and pops of texture and light makes this piece a hypnotic wonder.
LITTLE LONGVIEW FAMILY
With a sweep of Longview Vineyard as a backdrop, Gary used the Saturno family story as inspiration for these unique, happy vine creatures. Springing from the soil in an almost magic ritual, these cute, otherworldly join forces to unlock the alchemy of making wine.Buy the wine
Vans the Omega
An ambitious aerosol piece from Vans who returned to defend his title. This immense portrait representing the Goddess of nature, Van’s characteristic geographic shapes make up the foreboding mane and piercing glare of that most brutal force; mother nature.Buy the wine
Vans the Omega
Winner of the inaugural event at Longview, Van’s piece re-imagines Longview’s famous undulating landscape as the female form, replete with a patchwork of vines, rich Australian sunset, soil, water and life sustaining parts of the anatomy.
THE BIG 'S'
With a bold pop of colour incorporating the drama of an Adelaide Hills sunset, this piece imposes old school graffiti style lettering onto a truly majestic rural still-life. ‘S’ is for Stoops. ‘S’ is for Shiraz. ‘S’ is for Saturno; the family behind Longview.
A visual representation on a traditional wine tasting note for Shiraz, Store crams as many references into the piece as possible: the obvious red berries, tobacco, and toasty notes with length and dry finish. All sensed with the third eye on the girl’s chocolate skin!Buy the wine
One of our favourite local artists. Using distinct colours to represent the four seasons and dotted with the Toy Soldiers’ Crew trademark red berries, this piece makes reference to the Kanmantoo stone that makes up an important component of the Southern Hills’ soil.Buy the wine