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Slice of Life

Iconic American painter Wayne Thiebaud has inspired me since I first learned about his paintings in high school. His paintings of everyday objects are visually striking because of their stark settings and repetitious compositions and the very saturated depth of his colour palettes. His most popular subjects were often diner desserts, such as slices of pie lined up for the taking and large groupings of cakes; there were ice-cream cones and lollipops, donuts and cupcakes. His compositions also included multiples of everyday household items like lipsticks and paint cans. The unusual landscapes he painted of winding rivers and San Francisco skylines are worth studying, but his real gift was the presentation of life’s sweeter things.

 
The subject matter renders it almost ‘’pop-culture” in scope, even though his work in the 1940s and ‘50s predates the pop-art movement. Where artists like Andy Warhol were detached and ironic, Thiebaud was the complete opposite: warm and gently comic with a true reverence for the beauty of everyday things. His work is accessible and fun to look at – free of gimmicks and trends. Several printed retrospectives of his work now exist, including a great book called “Delicious.” Below are some examples of his ‘tasty’ work. Click here to read more about the artist.

 

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by Andrew

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