Cooking, Dining, and Wining: 20 Paintings from a Timeless Genre

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For centuries, artists have depicted people preparing and enjoying food and drink, be they at home, out on the town, or sitting al fresco. To consume a meal or tipple is part of being human, so it makes sense that collectors love to display reminders on their walls. Artists now are no less interested in the themes of consumption and hospitality than their forerunners were. Though subtle critiques are sometimes embedded in the resulting images, most contemporary artists are instead drawn to cafes, bars, restaurants, and kitchens for their visual appeal.

Illustrated here is an array of superb artworks made in this timeless genre. Enjoy, and bon appetit!

1. “News Worthy”

Paintings of food - SUZIE BAKER (b. 1970), "News Worthy," 2015, oil on linen panel, 12 x 16 in., private collection
SUZIE BAKER (b. 1970), “News Worthy,” 2015, oil on linen panel, 12 x 16 in., private collection

2. “Oligarchs”

FRED DANZIGER (b. 1946), "Oligarchs," 2018, gouache on Mylar, 10 x 24 in., F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia
FRED DANZIGER (b. 1946), “Oligarchs,” 2018, gouache on Mylar, 10 x 24 in., F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia

3. “Shopping Cart”

DIANNE MASSEY DUNBAR (b. 1952), "Shopping Cart," 2009, oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in., Gallery 1261, Denver
DIANNE MASSEY DUNBAR (b. 1952), “Shopping Cart,” 2009, oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in., Gallery 1261, Denver

4. “The Discussion”

ROBERT EVANS (b. 1953), "The Discussion," 2013, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in., collection of the artist
ROBERT EVANS (b. 1953), “The Discussion,” 2013, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in., collection of the artist

5. “Sushi Trail”

Paintings of sushi - STUART DUNKEL (b. 1952), "Sushi Trail," 2018, oil on panel, 5 x 7 in., Tree's Place Gallery, Orleans, MA
STUART DUNKEL (b. 1952), “Sushi Trail,” 2018, oil on panel, 5 x 7 in., Tree’s Place Gallery, Orleans, MA

6. “Beiler’s in Reading Terminal”

HEATHER LYNN GIBSON (b. 1970), "Beiler’s in Reading Terminal," 2019, oil on linen, 24 x 12 in., available from the artist
HEATHER LYNN GIBSON (b. 1970), “Beiler’s in Reading Terminal,” 2019, oil on linen, 24 x 12 in., available from the artist

7. “May Morning in San Marco”

CHARLES IARROBINO (b. 1952), "May Morning in San Marco," 2018, oil on linen mounted on panel, 40 x 30 in., Chasen Galleries, Sarasota
CHARLES IARROBINO (b. 1952), “May Morning in San Marco,” 2018, oil on linen mounted on panel, 40 x 30 in., Chasen Galleries, Sarasota

8. “Chef’s Station”

Paintings of chefs - KAREN HORNE (b. 1959), "Chef's Station," 2019, oil on linen, 18 x 24 in., HORNE Fine Art, Salt Lake City
KAREN HORNE (b. 1959), “Chef’s Station,” 2019, oil on linen, 18 x 24 in., HORNE Fine Art, Salt Lake City

9. “Brooklyn Lunch”

SHELBY KEEFE (b. 1958), "Brooklyn Lunch," 2017, oil on linen, 28 x 22 in., Fine Line Designs Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Sister Bay, WI
SHELBY KEEFE (b. 1958), “Brooklyn Lunch,” 2017, oil on linen, 28 x 22 in., Fine Line Designs Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Sister Bay, WI

10. “Silver Spoons”

Paintings of spoons - GEORGANNA LENSSEN (b. 1964), "Silver Spoons," 2017, oil on board, 8 x 8 in., collection of Lisa and Jeff Thomas
GEORGANNA LENSSEN (b. 1964), “Silver Spoons,” 2017, oil on board, 8 x 8 in., collection of Lisa and Jeff Thomas

11. “Jelly Donut”

Paintings of donuts - CLEVELAND MORRIS (b. 1947), "Jelly Donut," 2017, oil on linen, 8 x 8 in., private collection
CLEVELAND MORRIS (b. 1947), “Jelly Donut,” 2017, oil on linen, 8 x 8 in., private collection

12. “Far Far Away”

JOSEPH LORUSSO (b. 1966), "Far Far Away," 2018, oil on panel, 24 x 24 in., McLarry Fine Art (Santa Fe)
JOSEPH LORUSSO (b. 1966), “Far Far Away,” 2018, oil on panel, 24 x 24 in., McLarry Fine Art (Santa Fe)

13. “Cook Works”

Paintings of chefs - SALLY STRAND (b. 1954), "Cook Works," 1998, pastel on paper, 30 x 42 in., collection of Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York
SALLY STRAND (b. 1954), “Cook Works,” 1998, pastel on paper, 30 x 42 in., collection of Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York

14. “Cheeseburger”

Paintings of cheeseburgers - ELIZABETH SELBY (b. 1988), "Cheeseburger," 2014, oil on panel, 36 x 36 in., private collection
ELIZABETH SELBY (b. 1988), “Cheeseburger,” 2014, oil on panel, 36 x 36 in., private collection

15. “Bag of Grannys”

Paintings of apples - DAN SIMONEAU (b. 1962), "Bag of Grannys," 2017, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in., Re:Vision Art Gallery, Kenosha, WI
DAN SIMONEAU (b. 1962), “Bag of Grannys,” 2017, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in., Re:Vision Art Gallery, Kenosha, WI

16. “Lunch in Provence IV”

THALIA STRATTON (b. 1957), "Lunch in Provence IV," 2018, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in., New Masters Gallery, Carmel, CA
THALIA STRATTON (b. 1957), “Lunch in Provence IV,” 2018, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in., New Masters Gallery, Carmel, CA

17. “A Careful Cleaning”

Paintings of chefs - NANCY TANKERSLEY (b. 1949), "A Careful Cleaning," 2019, oil on muslin panel, 12 x 12 in., available from the artist
NANCY TANKERSLEY (b. 1949), “A Careful Cleaning,” 2019, oil on muslin panel, 12 x 12 in., available from the artist

18. “Two Up, One on the Rocks”

paintings of bars - JILL STEFANI WAGNER (b. 1955), "Two Up, One on the Rocks," 2017, oil on linen panel, 12 x 12 in., J. Petter Galleries, Douglas, MI
JILL STEFANI WAGNER (b. 1955), “Two Up, One on the Rocks,” 2017, oil on linen panel, 12 x 12 in., J. Petter Galleries, Douglas, MI

19. “Waiting to Be Chopped”

Paintings of food - Catherine Hillis (b. 1953), "Waiting to Be Chopped," 2017, watercolor on paper, 12 x 16 in., private collection
Catherine Hillis (b. 1953), “Waiting to Be Chopped,” 2017, watercolor on paper, 12 x 16 in., private collection

20. “Seasonal Favorites”

Paintings of bread - JON TOCCHINI (b. 1968), "Seasonal Favorites," 2014, oil on canvas, 12 x 16 in., private collection
JON TOCCHINI (b. 1968), “Seasonal Favorites,” 2014, oil on canvas, 12 x 16 in., private collection

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