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    Pulling pretty much every art discipline into a single body of work is British contemporary artist, Charles Avery.

    Since 2005 Avery has dedicated his lifetimes work to the 'Island Project', an anthropological study of a fictional space, documented in an ever expanding encyclopaedia. Loosely based on the Scottish Hebridean isle of Mull, where Avery grew up and continues to live between London, Avery has free reign to populate the terrain through various modes of storytelling. The spectator is allowed access to this strange and intriguing world through maps, narrative texts, paintings, videos and sculptures.

    At M>A>M we are delighted that Charles Avery has created a unique work for our inaugural whisky edition. Fitting the project perfectly, Avery is native to the Isle of Mull where the MacLean Castle of Duart has stood for over 400 years, it is here where the Chief of Clan MacLean, Sir Lachlan MacLean holds his seat.

    Only after inviting Avery to take part in this project did we learn that his late godfather was the clan chief Sir Charles MacLean - quite a fitting coincidence.

    The Eternal Return whisky; a 'New' artefact from the Island, is accompanied by a limited edition 2 part lithograph. It depicts the Islands protagonist and his beloved Miss Miss. The piece feeds directly into the narrative of the Island Project and has since been introduced through drawings, paintings and texts. As part of Avery's poster series, this piece can be found at the main billboard space in the port of Onomatopoeia. What makes the Eternal Return edition particularly special is that Avery's art is about creating a sense of place. Through the handling, nosing and tasting of this whisky, you have perhaps the closest thing to experiencing the Island first hand.

    Charles Avery (born 1973) Oban, Scotland is an artist who has received critical acclaim on an international scale. His work has featured in landmark exhibitions at the National Gallery of Scotland, Tate Trienalle, British Art show 7 and Tate Gallery London - major works are held in these important public collections.

    Artist: Charles Avery
    Title: Eternal Return
    Date: 2012
    Whisky: Bunnahabhain 1979, second maturation in a sherry infused octave and bottled aged 33 years at 52.2% exclusively for the artists
    Art: two part four colour lithograph on 330gsm Somerset velvet radiant white paper. (Produced by Poligrafa of Barcelona)
    Size: 84cm x 57cm
    Edition: 35
    Price: contact us for information

    All bottles and prints are signed and numbered by the artist and exclusive to M>A>M

    Contact: mcleansartistmalts@gmail.com
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