Fat Over Lean: Still Life Paintings of Food (Updated)

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McDonald’s Fries (Cezanne watercolor)
Pepsi (After Preyer)
Pepsi (Preyer)
DQ (After Steigrad)
Dairy Queen Onion Rings (Steigrad)
McDonalds (After Cezanne oil color)
McDonald’s Cheeseburger + Drink (Cezanne)
Poptarts (Cotan)
Poptarts (Cotan)
Jello-O Pudding + Hostess Cupcake (Van Gogh)
Jello-O Pudding + Hostess Cupcake (Van Gogh)
Honey Nut Cheerios (Claesz)
Honey Nut Cheerios (Claesz)
Dairy Queen Blizzard Cup (Chardin)
Dairy Queen Blizzard Cup (Chardin)
McDonald's Filet-o-Fish Sandwich (Claesz)
McDonald’s Filet-o-Fish Sandwich (Claesz)
KFC Chicken Snack Box (van de Velde)
KFC Chicken Snack Box (van de Velde)

For this series, Fat Over Lean ( a technical term used by classically-trained oil painters), I digitally combined images of still life paintings by master artists of food sources contemporary to their creation, with images of manufactured items created and available almost everywhere in North America, commonly referred to as “junk food” or “fast food.”

In contemplating contemporary food consumption, one of the major underlying issues is the degree to which consumers have allowed corporations to dictate their food choices. Many of us seem to be less concerned with the nutritional value, source of origin, or even aesthetic value of the food we eat today. Instead, all of these things are readily sacrificed to a high-level of conceived convenience—combined with the instant gratification that liberal amounts of fat and sugar allow.

By inserting images of mass-manufactured food into master paintings, my intent is to create a harsh juxtaposition which at first glance might elicit amusement, but is designed to promote a reflective sense for a time when provisions meant to end up on the dinner table could provide such rich, visceral icons that we might (just might) consider abandoning the offer of mere convenience and its empty calories for heartier, yet healthier fare.

Photographic Art / Digital Imagery