Joel Penkman, I Love How Straightforward You Are

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April 2, 2012 by thisisemilypaul


Painter Joel Penkman knows how to get on this blog, by painting ordinary subject matter. I love it. His work says to me “Here is a row of biscuits” and I love that message. His paintings aren’t really special or fantastic to me in any other way, I just like that he paints food on a simple background. Way to go Joel, chalk up another one to us REAL artists!

I even like his artists statement (GASP)

“I love food, and I love to paint, so combining the two seemed like a good idea.
My compositions are simple still-life studies with clean backgrounds to make easier for individuals to make a connection.              Food triggers memories and emotion, I like that people can bring something of themselves to the artworks. My favourite medium is egg tempera. It is very time consuming as I make the gesso to prepare my boards and grind my own paint to mix, but the results are worth it.
I was born in 1979 in New Zealand were I grew up. After finishing my degree in Graphic design at Canterbury University’s School of Fine Art (in Christchurch), I moved to the UK where I have been working for the past eight years as a graphic designer.
I hope my pictures will make people smile.”

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