Contemporary Art Society Consultancy has worked with the Crown Estate to commission Jesse Wine to make a new permanent artwork for Princes House, located at St James’s in London. This will be Jesse’s first large-scale public commission and follows his inclusion in this year’s British Art Show, as well as his totemic contribution to the Frieze Sculpture Park.
The interior of Prince’s House is currently being refurbished and Wine has been commissioned to make a signature artwork for the central atrium, which will be sited on a wall that spans five storeys and slices through the centre of the public access to the offices.
Wine has taken the historic façade of the building as his inspiration, simplifying iconic elements of the architecture in a cobalt-blue sketch-drawing to create a large scale ceramic wall installation. Features are barely preserved, only the pillars that framed the façade and a sign that read ‘The Princes Restaurant’ remain. The fluidity and lightness of the drawn line makes a subtle reference to the history of Princes House as the home of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and the intensity of the blue pigment is heightened by the pure white of the glazed ceramic tiles. These are cut by hand to further emphasise the drawn quality of the artwork. Overlaying the ceramic tiles and giving a sculptural form to the piece is the hand-formed ceramic foliage which drapes over the drawing of the old architecture, bringing new life to the building.