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joel penkman food art

by Grace Bonney


I’m a complete and total food painting junkie. Ever since I spotted my first Wayne Thiebaud cake painting I’ve always known I wanted to have a kitchen one day just filled with these sorts of paintings (or, alternately, one GIANT cake painting). So when I see people carrying on that tradition of great food-based still life I sigh a little and smile because what’s not to love about seeing your favorite foods immortalized in art? Joël Penkman is a UK-based artist working as a graphic designer and painter. She recently had a show in Liverpool inspired by food and I love his pieces that focus on sweets and traditional British foods. It’s always nice to see food that’s specific to a certain region (Will someone please paint my beloved Kendal Mint Cake into a painting?) celebrated in art. You can check out more of Joel’s paintings right here, but I’ve chosen my favorites above and below. You can check out more food-themed art I’ve loved at D*S here, here and here. xo, grace

*Stay tuned for a special Memorial Day themed menu from Kristina next!

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