Portland, Oregon, 26 Oct 2021, ZEXPRWIRE, Vanport 1948’s newest vodka bottles will feature work from the Black community of Portland Oregon, using its celebratory platform to bring light to local talent who want their work and story told.
THE ART WORK
Jonathan Gamble, the artist whose work is featured on the special edition Vanport 1948 bottle, shares the story behind the art: “The words ABUSUA YE DOM literally means ‘The extended family is a force.’ The writing in the curves of this label art is derived from African pictograms to create letters that spell out the names of the main streets for African American communities in Portland, Oregon. The background building is a famous building on a street called Albina and is iconic for the African American community in Portland, Oregon. I’ll be washing that with color and dimension.
“My main inspiration was to use the names of major streets that were filled with Black-owned businesses (there were over 100 at the time). The Hazelwood building had fresh jazz clubs back in the day and was considered the heart of the Black community until the city tore it down so I decided to bring it back in this piece. The people are flood survivors of Vanport and the idea of the crowns is because we are kings and queens (wanted to remind us of that). The letters for the street names are inspired by African pictograms. I chose the color palette because I want you to feel powerful when you grab the bottle. Keep the bottle so each time you see it you will think of history and remember Vanport.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jonathan Gamble, an artist in Portland’s African American community, works out of a studio in the city. He has created art for clients such as HP, Scion, Nike, Adidas, Sameunderneath Clothing, Premier Snowskates, and others. Mr. Gamble is a self-described multimedia artist, utilizing many different mediums for his art. Jonathan has been creating art for over 30 years, a skill passed down from his parents. His inspiration comes from a combination of Japanese ink painting called Sumi-e, graffiti, anime (a childhood favorite), and listening to radio shows, as they stimulate the imagination.
The artist Instagram account can be found at: @kiewnikon
ABOUT FUEGO FINO, INC.
“The story of Vanport is so compelling that we felt it necessary to have local artists, some of them descendants of families who lost their homes during the Vanport Flood of 1948. Art has the ability to tell a story like no other medium and we are pleased to share this platform with great talent from the Black community of Portland,” says CEO of Fuego Fino, Jessica Contreras, who is the developer of the Vanport 1948 wine and spirits house, along with retired NFL athletes James Allen and Carlos Emmons.
Fuego Fino, Inc. is a planet-friendly wine and spirits company that focuses on developing the next high-growth product sector. They boost their revenue potential by curtailing waste and retaining the majority of their supply and distribution networks. For more information, please visit their website.
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