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Leslie Duke Art + Best of the Web

by Grace Bonney

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One of my favorite painters of all time is Wayne Thiebaud. His beautiful work combines two of my all-time favorites (food and art) and the way he worked with such thick layers of paint and used texture to add dimension to cakes, gumballs and ice cream always made me smile. I’m always looking out for other great painters who use food as their primary inspiration and lately I’ve been following a wonderful artist on Instagram, Leslie Duke.

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Leslie is based in Springville, UT, where she paints a wide range of subjects, from people and food to animals (this bird is so sweet) and flowers. Her still life paintings with food make up the majority of her online gallery and are the pieces that I love the most. The way she uses bold patches of color to represent plums, onions and tomatoes is so beautiful and it elevates the most humble of ingredients to almost regal status. Leslie has an online shop where you can buy prints of her work, but you can also follow her on Instagram where she posts process photos of artwork on the way to its finished state. Thanks to Leslie for inspiring me to see the fruit and vegetables on my counter in a whole new light. xo, grace

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