ARTmonday: Joël Penkman

Although I don’t really recognize Valentine’s Day (just seems silly to me), I am going to take advantage of the “holiday” to post artwork and recipes for sweets, heart-shaped home furnishings, and pink rooms. To start the week, let’s look at the artwork of New Zealand-born artist and graphic designer Joël Penkman, who now lives and works in the U.K. They evoke the work American painter Wayne Thiebaud, don’t you think?

Joel Penkman paints simple still-life studies. He sets them on a clean backgrounds in order to facilitate a connection between the individual and the subject, since food, like music and fragrance, “triggers memories and emotion.” Penkman works in egg tempera, which he concocts himself.

Here are ten paintings of his that I think are the sweetest.

joel-penkman-krispy-kreme-dozen

Krispy Kreme Dozen

joel-penkman-blancmange

Blancmange

joel-penkman-cream-biscuits

Cream Biscuits

joel-penkman-flying-saucers

Flying Saucers

joel-penkman-milk-truck

Milk Truck

joel-penkman-pink-wafers

Pink Wafers

joel-penkman-iced-gems

Iced Gems

joel-penkman-blackpool-rock

Blackpool Rock

joel-penkman-fabs

Fabs

joel-penkman-nobbly-bobblysNobbly Bobblys

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6 Responses to ARTmonday: Joël Penkman

  1. These are wonderful. Thanks for sharing…they give me a great idea for a bare kitchen wall.

  2. Joel Penkman’s work makes me smile just like San Francisco’s Wayne Thiebaud’s gorgeous, bold, colorful, saturated pigment paintings.

    Their inspiration is very similar. Nice!

    • LOVE Thiebaud. Haven’t been to MoMA in a while but saw one at Art Basel Miami. There’s another artist I profiled a while ago that is also reminiscent… I’ll have to remember who it is…

  3. Meredith

    Um. Delicious. I, too, love the idea of collecting several of these for a wall in the kitchen.

  4. al

    nice illustrations.

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