Provenance Wines has partnered with internationally-certified art studio Bells Fine Art to bring globally-renowned artist RONE home to Geelong.
RONE created a 25-square metre permanent mural last week at Provenance Wines’ cellar door, which is located in a heritage-listed building in the Paper Mills precinct at Fyansford.
He completed the 25-square-metre installation, titled “The forgotten soul of the Paper Mills”, at the winery in just four days, with lunch patrons able to catch a glimpse of the street artist at work in the historic building and cellar door.
Belinda White, studio director at Bells Fine Art – which partnered with Provenance Wines for the project – said RONE’s muse depicted a soul from a former time when the space was a bustling paper mill.
“Her downward gaze is restful, her porcelain face is at peace. The highlights and shadowing in her features build a strong contrast between the light that is blanketing her face and the shadows of the past.
“The light source from the set of windows that overlook the Barwon River, blanket her face, creating warmth and balance, highlighting her angelic features. She is depicted as youthful, an ethereal being, the oldest soul of the Paper Mills. So much time has passed since she spent time in this space, and at last she can take comfort in all the changes and new energy.
“The moody, sepia tones and textures of this innocent face are beautifully complimented by the surrounds. The sun, the light and the sounds, all her senses are triggered by her return. She is comforted by the familiar sounds of Buckley Falls.”
Provenance Wines co-owner Sam Vogel that the partnership with Bells Fine Art and RONE was a major coup.
“The mural is just incredible and we are so proud that we are now home to a permanent piece of RONE’s work. We have always had a great appreciation for the arts which have suffered greatly during the pandemic, so to be able to provide this for the Geelong community is something we are really proud of.
“With the state beginning to reopen and the government’s tourism incentive to visit regional Victoria, experience-starved Melburnians can now enjoy our award-winning wines and an elevated dining experience while enjoying incredible piece of artwork from RONE, all in his hometown.”