You may have seen our social media channels this week featured some of the warehouse teams experiments with food art. Their creative efforts have inspired us to have a look at the use of food in the art world. There are many chefs who have transformed plating into astonishing food art. A few weeks ago we featured the Dutch artist Stephan Brusch, who makes amazing pop art using the humble banana.
History of food art.
Artists have used food as a subject through many different art movements. The Romans and Greeks took pride in realistically depicting food in their art. In Roman paintings a glass bowl of fruit was often included to highlight the variety of produce that wealthy citizens had access to. Archaeologists have discovered images of food on the walls of the pyramids. It was believed that these drawings would nourish them in the afterlife.
The renaissance period featured many paintings that incorporated still life food images. Renowned impressionist, Vincent Van Gogh produced many paintings that featured food such as Still Life: Blue Enamel Coffeepot, Earthenware and Fruit, Still Life with Apples, Pears, Lemons and Grapes and Still Life with Lemons on a Plate. French born artist Paul Cezanne adapted the still life genre mixing both traditional and modern approaches.
One of the most famous uses of food in contemporary art is Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962). During his life Warhol created a variety of pieces using the Campbell’s soup can as the focus. The original exhibition featured 32 canvases (510 mm × 410 mm), each featuring one of the different flavours of Campbell’s soup that was available at the time.
American photo-realist, Ralph Goings featured food in many of his paintings such as Still Life with Peppers, Relish, Fresh Daily, Sauces and Still Life with Mirror. Goings hyper realistic style featured every day objects such as doughnuts and sauce bottles as a representation of working class America.
Food Art and Artists.
Whilst the artists mentioned in the previous section use very traditional methods to feature food as their subject, there are some highly creative people from around the globe experimenting with food as their medium to create a wide range of food art.
James Parker, may be one of the most well known fruit and vegetable artists/sculptors in the world of food art. His work has been featured in publications including the New York Times, The Korean Times and The Washington Post. He learnt his craft in Thailand, Switzerland and America. His work is so well known that some of his notable clients include The White House, Marriott International, Ritz Carlton, Food Network, TLC and the Discovery Channel. He now heads up the Food Artist Group, creating intricate food sculptures for prestigious clients and events.
Carl Warner, is a London based photographer who creates detailed landscape images crafted from foods. These stunning “Foodscapes” are highly imaginative and detailed landscapes made from different foods, have titles such as Salami Mountains and River, Celery Island, Cabbage Sea and Salami Tuscany. The images are so realistic it takes a second look to realise that the images are made from foods such as bacon, cabbage and broccoli.
Hong Yi, in 2013 the mixed media artist and designer set herself a project titled 31 Days of Food Creativity. Throughout March she used the same white plate as a background to display an assortment of images using various fruits and vegetables. She has also made amazing portraits using coffee beans and coffee stains.
Jim Victor & Marie Pelton, are married sculptures that create dazzling 3d installations using various foods. They have used foods such as butter, cheese, chocolate and vegetables to sculpt an a variety of scenes for expositions, and corporate events. Their work has been featured in publications such as the New York Times and Philadelphia Magazine.
Christel Assante, is a French artist whose medium is one of the most delicate and fragile. Using a knife and small drill Assante carves beautiful intricate designs into duck eggs.
Maria Aristidom, is a fine art graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University, she uses different blends of coffee to illustrate icons from pop culture phenomena, internet trends, movie characters and science fiction. The different coffee blends result in images that appear to have been painted in water colours.
The work of Robin Antar, differs from those mentioned previously as she sculpts hyper-realistic everyday objects such as cookies and hot-dogs out of stone. Her incredible attention to detail tricks the eyes into believing her sculptures are the real thing.