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Gösta Diehl – Pan-fried Salmon

Gösta Diehl – Pan-fried Salmon

Gösta Diehl, Still Life with Fishes, 1953 Collection of Finnish National Gallery The Finnish artist Gösta Diehl was active in the first half of the 20th century and was known for his use of vivid colour in his paintings often composed in a cubist style. In July 2015, I travelled to Helsinki, Finland to spend...
Otto van Schrieck - Chicken, Mushroom & Feta Risotto

Otto van Schrieck – Chicken, Mushroom & Feta Risotto

Otto van Schrieck, A Forest Floor Still Life with Mushrooms and a Snake, c. 1657 oil on canvas, private collection Otto van Schrick was a Dutch painter of Golden Age who according to the Musee de Beaux Arts, “invented a particular genre half-way between still life and landscape painting.” His dark and sombre compositions of flora...
Vincent van Gogh - Bloody Mary

Vincent van Gogh – Bloody Mary

Vincent van Gogh, Still-Life with Mackerels, Lemons and Tomatoes, 1886 oil on canvas, 39 x 57cm, Oskar Reinhart Collection, Winterthur Vincent van Gogh‘s Still-Life with Mackerels, Lemons and Tomatoes was painted the year the artist moved from Antwerp, where he had very little to eat and no money, to Paris where he lived with his...
Henri Matisse - Stuffed Eggplant

Henri Matisse – Stuffed Eggplant

Henri Matisse, Still Life with Aubergines, 1911 oil on canvas, 116 x 89cm, Museum of Modern Art   The 1911 painting Still Life with Aubergines by Henri Matisse exemplifies the characteristics of the Fauvist movement with the wild brushstrokes and incongruent colours. The painting was completed during a period of flux in Matisse’s oeuvre, During...
Mylyn Nguyen - Sweet Tea

Mylyn Nguyen – Sweet Tea

Only one more week until we install Sugar, Sugar at Brenda May Gallery! The work has started to arrive at the Gallery and I am incredibly proud of this exhibition, all of the artists are outstanding. The artwork below is one of the pieces included in the show and I was a bit more literal...
Gustave Courbet - Smoked Trout Smørrebrød

Gustave Courbet – Smoked Trout Smørrebrød

Smørrebrød is the Danish tradition of open-face sandwiches. A dark dense bread, usually a type of rye, is toasted and topped with smoked or pickled fish and other vegetables. In this version, the smoked trout is the star and so it is essential to purchase high-quality fish. I picked up a whole fish and carefully...
William Scott - Mackerel with Mixed Tomato Salad

William Scott – Mackerel with Mixed Tomato Salad

The oil painting by William Scott was selected for this post by British artist May van Millingen. Rather than photographing the finished dish, May created an illustration of a recipe by Jamie Oliver (pictured below) of mackerel with mixed tomato salad. Her illustrations have been commissioned by many leading brands and more of her work...
Johan Briedé - Pumpkin Soup

Johan Briedé – Pumpkin Soup

Made with odds and ends from the bottom of my crisper, this soup can be easily adapted to suit whatever you may have on hand. You could add a few potatoes, or tomatoes or even a few peppers. The chipotle chilies lend a bit of smoky spice to what would be a rather sweet soup...
Christine Turner - Anzac Biscuits

Christine Turner – Anzac Biscuits

The 2.5 x 2.5 metre biscuit tin installation by Christine Turner is featured in the current curated exhibition Art + Food: Beyond the Still Life at Brenda May Gallery in Sydney. According to Turner, “I have found that biscuit tins require a simple configuration when presented in artworks. Each tin provides a great deal of information...
Elizabeth Willing - Chow Mein

Elizabeth Willing – Chow Mein

The collage titled Stew by Elizabeth Willing constructed with imagery from vintage cookbooks, will be featured in the upcoming curated exhibition Art + Food: Beyond the Still Life at Brenda May Gallery in Sydney. The imagery is clipped from recipes of stews and casseroles which are then “seamlessly knitted together.  The casseroles array of textures...
Maz Dixon - Retro Prawn Cocktail

Maz Dixon – Retro Prawn Cocktail

The collages and paintings by Maz Dixon featuring “The Big Things of Australia”, will be featured in the upcoming curated exhibition Art + Food: Beyond the Still Life at Brenda May Gallery in Sydney. Beginning in the early 60s, monumental objects ranging from giant fruit to prawns and pelicans began to litter the landscape of...
Will Coles - Halloumi Burgers

Will Coles – Halloumi Burgers

The socio-political sculpture of guerrilla street-artist, Will Coles, will be featured in the upcoming curated exhibition Art + Food: Beyond the Still Life at Brenda May Gallery in Sydney. Coles employs traditional sculptural techniques to manipulate found objects and explore contemporary issues, specifically over consumerism. The sculpture pictured below titled First World Food (burgers) was produced...