The Artists We Proudly Feature on Our Wine Labels
2018 Ozymandias Wines Scholarship recipient: Jay Miriam
Ozymandias Wines announced our second recipient of the Ozymandias Wines Scholarship with the New York Academy of Art in 2018.
Jay Miriam’s “Mozzarella Spread,” was selected as the new label for Ozymandias Wines in 2018. Miriam’s paintings weave tales from dreams, imagined narratives, old lore and even the daily, often ordinary, lives of mysterious women. A constant in many of her works is the visceral pleasure in food and drink. In “Mozzarella Spread,” the subject stretches her limbs, imbibing on a plate of earthly delights, shielding her viewer from the deeper secrets lying on her tongue. Needless to say, her work pairs amazingly well with our Ozymandias Wines.
2017 Ozymandias Wines Scholarship recipient: Mary Ball
2017 marked the beginning of a partnership between Ozymandias Wines and the New York Academy of Art with Ozymandias Wines awarding a scholarship for students at NYAA. The first recipient of this annual scholarship was Mary Ball.
Influenced by a coastal environment and the southern role models who raised her, Mary utilizes forms and figures to display strength in femininity. She uses body language, color, and patterns to express individuality within figures and create harmonious compositions. Through her imagined scenes, Mary fashions a world that allows her to question society as well as find her place within it.
Mary’s personally chosen piece,”Folly,” is featured on the front label (pictured to the right) of the 2017 release of Ozymandias Wines’ Chardonnay blend. We think the emotion evoked in the imagery perfectly captures a description of the luscious white wine inside the bottle: it’s like drinking summertime in a glass.
Mary is interested in depicting women who display strength in their natural state and environment, which is something we strive to achieve with the growing of our grapes and their expression through the natural terroir of Long Island. Mary captures strength through truth in her paintings, as we attempt to embody the truth of the sandy loam soils only found in the North Fork of Long Island.
Mary Ball was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. She currently lives and works in New York City.
You can see more of Mary’s work here.
Sophy Holland is a British-born Photographer, Director and Creative Director. She studied at Central St. Martins in London and started her career as a painter before transitioning to Art Direction for both editorial and advertising clients in New York City and London. After being selected as the inaugural featured artist on the front label of the 2016 release of Ozymandias Wines, Sophy agreed to help the Ozymandias Wines team by being part of the selection committee of future benefiting artists. Sophy also helped design the Ozymandias Wines logo. For more information about Sophy and her work visit her website.
"I've always been a fan of Sophy's work, so when I heard she was exploring shooting a documentary film in '16 I knew the timing would be perfect for Ozymandias' planned launch. Thankfully Sophy shared my enthusiasm for being a part of the wine project and welcomed support for her film. I love the way Sophy incorporated the Ozymandias logo into the wine label which almost represents the premise of her documentary on the patterns and disorders of sleep rhythms. The placement of the logo on the third eye, and the her decision to display grapevine roots (which lurk below the fruits and vines, but play such a vital role in the taste of wine) on the bottom half of the label, to me are symbolic of the unseen yet vital role sleep plays in all of our lives. Whether that is actually the case, you'll have to ask Sophy. Nonetheless, we are so proud and excited to have Sophy's work featured on our inaugural wine label and are equally excited to see Sophy's film."
- Rafe D'Amico, Founder, Ozymandias Wines
Briana Navarro, Burning River, is Ozymandias Wines' featured artist for 2017. As an artist and environmental activist, Briana intends to raise awareness for the necessity to transform to safe, responsible methods of energy production. Funding from sales of her featured wine will help her make large scale paintings expanding on this theme.