La Cache a Vin
Oil on canvas
93 x 120 cm
Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists
About the artwork and sitter
Thierry Galichet is an institution in the Brisbane dining scene and is renowned for producing timeless, authentic and aproachable french cuisine. He spent 11 years at his famous Montrachet Restaurant in Paddington,before selling it in 2015 to focus on his wine business. His new venture is La Cache a VIn Restaurant in Spring Hill.
In this painting, the artist gives us a narrative about the man, hard at work, as we see all the components of a working restaurant; the kitchen, the tables, the plates behind him and his staff at work.
About the artist
Donna Gibb is a Brisbane based artist, living in Grange. She has painted live at events around the country and overseas. “I love capturing a story on canvas, and have wanted to paint Thierry since I first met him at Montrachet in Paddington.” Gibbs has been a finalist and Peoples Choice winner at various National Art Prizes, including the Glover Landscape Prize.
“I met Thierry Galichet at Montrechet in Paddington. I was intrigued by the atmosphere, and a portrait of Thierry in his restaurant has been in my “catalogue of must paint one day“ ever since.”
Behind the scenes
I met Thierry Galichet at Montrechet in Paddington. I was intrigued by the atmosphere, and a portrait of Thierry in his restaurant has been in my “catalogue of must paint one day“ ever since.
I love the wine caves in France.
Stepping through the doors of La Cache a Vin for lunch, I was transported back to those caves.
As I enjoyed the cuisine, I felt the desire to capture Thierry in his environment – the kitchen – where he releases his passion and creativity.
Navigating a restaurant in COVID times shows true tenacity and experience and of course reputation. I returned to take images, videos and sketches. With covid delays, Thierry visited my studio the day the portrait was due.