Bob Johnson is a world-renown artist, cartoonist, living and working in Sonoma County, who has created label art for more wineries than you could ever possibly imagine. We are very lucky that he was able to carve out a little bit of time to work with us in the fanciful treatment of “sensitive crystallizations.”
Chris Freire is a graphic designer in Northern California whom we initiated into the slightly addictive world of label design.
Alex Gross is an extraordinary fine artist, working in Southern California, who created a number of labels for us for our DEWN series, but hit it out of the park with his illustrations for Randall’s book, “Been Doon So Long,” one of which was excerpted for “Vinferno.”
Christine is an exceptionally accomplished fine artist, who happens to be married to our friend, André Ostertag, the brilliant winemaker in Alsace. We were able to prevail upon Christine to produce a label for us some years back, which we have cunningly repurposed a time or two. You can see her work at www.domaine-ostertag.fr
We are very proud of the exceptionally talented Lindsey Sonu, our in-house designer, who is responsible for the vast amount of graphics that is churned out chez Doon on a regular basis.
Gary Taxali lives in Toronto. He is an exceptionally gifted and gentle soul, though his work suggests a man/boy who has been very naughty. The bulk of his work for us has been primarily for labels for our DEWN club wines, though he also was a contributor to the Exquisite Corpse label for our Primitivo. www.garytaxali.com
Grady McFerrin lives and works in Brooklyn. Like most of our artists, he had never produced art for wine labels before becoming part of the Bonny Doon fold. Grady has produced several DEWN labels for us as well as the extraordinary Teatro Zinzanni poster. He also contributed to the Exquisite Corpse label for our Primitivo. Marc Chagall would love Grady McFerrin’s stuff. www.gmillustration.com
Sans Chuck House, nous ne sommes rien. Chuck began working on labels for us at the very beginning. He is responsible for some of the most iconic Bonny Doon labels including Le Cigare Volant, Old Telegram, Pacific Rim Riesling, Muscat Vin de Glacière as well as the charming Ca’ del Solo labels. He is an utter pleasure to work with and brings a true spirit of collaboration to the mystic art of label design.
Wendy Cook is an exceptionally talented calligrapher living in San Francisco, who has made several unspeakably elegant and witty labels for us. You can observe some of her beautiful work at www.bellocchio.com
Bascove is one of the rare artists who can pull off the monomial without pretension. She is a brilliant renderer of archetypes and exudes Technicolor. She has produced all of the Il Circo labels as well as those for Syrah, “Le Pousseur,” A Proper Claret and The Heart has its Rieslings. She works in Manhattan. www.bascove.com
We began our relationship with Monte Gifford ten years ago, when he started designing our packaging and store displays. Due to his sophomoric ‘sensibilities’, everyone here assumed he was on staff. Other than illustrating wine labels, Monte is working on children’s books (in hopes of warping the next generation). He calls the Colorado Rockies his home, where he terroirizes the local fauna. www.montegdesign.com
What might one expect from combining 1940’s hardboiled comic book art, inspiration from the Russian Avant-Garde movement, exquisite illustration skills, some high powered computer hardware, and a design sensibility more twisted than a cat’s paw knot? A fire breathing geisha? A Yeti? A komodo dragon? Check out www.taviscoburn.com
Ralph Steadman is a very proper, erudite and thoughtful Welsh gentleman who happens to wield the brush as if it were a flame thrower. He may ultimately be single-handedly responsible for people forgetting that we make good wine as well as great labels. His work for Bonny Doon includes the labels for Cardinal Zin, Domaines des Blagueurs Syrah-Sirrah, Heart of Darkness and Critique of Pure Riesling. He lives outside London. www.ralphsteadman.com