Artists to Watch: Thanksgiving Edition
Whet your appetite with the tastiest contemporary still lifes around.
Thanksgiving—you either love it or you hate it. Some of us choose to spend it with our families, some with friends, some with strangers, and for others it’s just another day on the calendar. One thing we can all agree, whether you’re observant or not, is that food itself becomes a major player during the holiday season. In our continued effort to highlight up-and-coming artists you might not have heard of, we’ve gathered a list of some very appetizing still lifes for you to consider adding to your walls. There’s something to suit every taste, because sometimes traditional Thanksgiving fare isn’t enough.
Not pumped about all of the family time and wishing you could just stay in bed? Let Pamela Michelle Johnson’s painting Eggo (2010) inspire your excuses to stay in bed. Not everything has to be a big production, after all, and it’s totally fine to go back to basics instead of slaving away for days on turkey feast. As in many of the artist’s works this piece examines America’s culture of consumption, but maybe you’ll tell yourself it’s a holiday so you’re off the hook.
If you are planning on attending into a big family gathering, might we suggest grabbing a glass of bubbly? Champagne is the perfect way to both celebrate and ease any potential awkward moments. Depending on the way your day is going, you might want to dive in like the scuba diver in Christophe Boffoli’s photograph Champagne Scuba (2010). Boffoli’s work focuses on contrasts of scale, often to humorous effect. Just make sure you don’t go overboard like the diver and find yourself drowning.
Sometimes you just want to be a kid again, who is stopping you from acting like one? Robert C. Jackson’s Flower Market (2016) is the kid’s table of our dreams. His paintings evoke a nostalgic, playful feeling, and this one is no exception. Not only would we gobble up those burgers and pretzels, but we would probably end up playing with the balloon dogs and toys. For kids and adults alike the scene reflected in this work is hard to resist.
Did you volunteer to cook Thanksgiving dinner last year, and regretted it ever since? Let Grace Mehan DeVito’s painting Chinese Lunch Break remind you of what could have been and what could be next year. Her work is known for their strong compositions and we are of the opinion that the composition of this meal in itself looks excellent and delicious. Especially how little work was involved.
For all you sweet-toothed readers, you might be dreaming of bypassing the whole meal and digging right into dessert. After looking at Brett Humphries painting Chocolate Cake, we don’t blame you. His photorealistic technique draws us in and has our mouths watering for more. Just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you have to stick to pumpkin or apple pie: Humphries has us wanting to pick that plate right off the canvas and skip the turkey. Some may say dessert is the cherry on top of a perfect meal, but we say this cake is all we need in life right now.
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