Beck’s Bottle Art

Label artwork, Head 6, by Tom Price
From 1st August until Christmas, bottles of Beck’s beer will be adorned with the work of four emerging artists – thanks to a new scheme called Beck’s Canvas, a collaboration between the German brewery and London’s Royal College of Art…

T Price Becks bottle
Label artwork, Head 6, by Tom Price

From 1st August until Christmas, bottles of Beck’s beer will be adorned with the work of four emerging artists – thanks to a new scheme called Beck’s Canvas, a collaboration between the German brewery and London’s Royal College of Art.

The RCA asked their graduates and students to submit work on the theme of individuality specially for this project and a jury of RCA artists selected the winning artists: Rita Ikonen, Tom Price, Charlotte Bracegirdle and Simon Cunningham.

Of course, Beck’s has supported contemporary British art over the years and has previously persuaded artists such as Gilbert & George, Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread and Tracey Emin to create label artwork for limited edition bottles. However, this year Beck’s Canvas will be mass producing and distributing a whopping 27 million of the special bottles – making this one of the largest ever public art commissions.

In fact, the combined area of 27 million Beck’s beer bottle labels (143,100 square metres) is greater than the floorspace of The National Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art and The Louvre combined. That’s about the size of 260 Cistine Chapel ceilings. Or, any sports fans reading, 35 football pitches.

S Cunningham Becks bottle
Label artwork, Duckrabbit, by Simon Cunningham

R Ikonen Becks bottle
Let’s Stick Together by Rita Ikonen

C Bracegridle Becks bottle
Pintora by Charlotte Bracegirdle

Visit becks.co.uk/canvas.html to find out more about each of the artworks and the artists that created them.

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