Images of delectable fruit, vegetables and fresh foods may not be, but the naturally vibrant colors in produce can be inspiring to the eyes.
To get a visual serving of a healthy variety of foods, check out the following artists who use them as a medium and motivation.
Hikaru Cho has been lighting up the web lately with her collection of paintings. With a fitting title, It’s Not What It Seems, this series puts a little playfulness into the ordinary kitchen fruit bowl.
Using only food and acrylic paints, Cho disguises one item to look flawlessly like another. Peeling back the layers of paint reveals a simple but strange cucumber-banana.
Other curious concoctions include orange-tomatoes and eggplant-eggs.
I’m guessing as a child Cho didn’t listen to anyone who ever told her not to play with her food.
Above images are from Hikaru Cho.
Playing with darkness, light and various fruits, vegetables and other interesting edible items, Carl Warner creates dreamlike foodscapes.
Using a tedious process, he first draws up sketches of the entire piece, then brings them to life by gluing and pinning together real food.
If you look closely, you can find various types of foods that replicate the texture and color of their depictions.
This shadowy sea portrait shows the moonlight reflection on the water, but the waves area really painted cabbage leaves.
This sailor is voyaging through a different type of water on The Salmon Sea.
Above images are from Carl Warner.
A master artist that surely inspired numerous others is Giuseppe Arcimboldo. A Renaissance painter, he created realistic portraits of people formed from fruit, vegetables and other images of food.
His colorful and creative paintings show detailed illusions all pulled together with medleys of foods.
Some of his more famous works showcase the times of the year with seasonal produce.
Above images are from Giuseppe Arcimboldo.
It takes a talented mind to turn the seemingly ordinary into the complicated, only to reveal that mother nature comes up with the most inspiring designs.
Find more food inspired art at Foodie Arts.
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