Food as an Art Form

These culinary creatives take “playing with your food” to a whole new level.

1. Jessie Bearden


Location: New York, NY
Mediums: Ice cream, cereal, condiments, & more
Subjects: Celebrities & pop culture
About Jessie: Having blown up on Instagram with her show-stopping edible portraits, Bearden, at just 23 years old, is now producing work for big league brands like McDonald’s and Jelly Belly. In a recent interview with People Magazine, Bearden expressed that painting just felt too limiting. She found the colors and textures of everyday food inspiring, and so turned to this more unconventional medium to express her creativity.

2. Julie Lee


Location: Venice, CA
Mediums: Fruits, vegetables, & more
Subjects: Produce & prepared food
What she has to say: “My food collages on Instagram started out as a way to showcase seasonal and local offerings from neighborhood farmers markets. It’s evolved into an ongoing project in the study of plant design, exploration of color theory, and pure, unadulterated food-love.”

3. Jason Mercier


Location: San Francisco, CA
Mediums: Food of all kinds
Subjects: People (mosaic portraits)
How he got his start: “Though I have no formal art training, I did have an excellent mentor in my grandmother, Anita Tollefson. When I was young, I remember being mesmerized by her paintings, weavings, mosaics, sculptures, collages, and stained glass work … My grandmother encouraged me to create masterpieces using materials readily available to me. She would rather paint on the back of her cigarette cartons than buy a canvas. I learned from her that I can make art out of anything I want to, and that there are no rules.”

4. Hong Yi


Location: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Mediums: A little bit of everything
Subjects: Landscapes, people, animals
How she describes herself: “Artist + shy rebel. Paints without a paintbrush. Learning to live a life bigger than myself.”

5. Michael Breach


Location: Brooklyn, NY
Mediums: Coffee
Subjects: People (portraits)
His mission: “I am here to share what I do, bring something new to the world, express myself through the medium of espresso and milk, and blow your mind in the process.”

6. Christel Assante


Location: France
Mediums: Eggshells
Subjects: Varies
Why eggs? “I like drawing on this very symbolic shape. It is such a pleasant material because it’s very porous, which allow numerous different techniques … The egg shape is able to present scenes which evolve as you turn around it. I like this idea.”

7. Jim Victor & Marie Pelton


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Mediums: Butter, chocolate, cheese, & more
Subjects: Farm animals, children, & more
A little about them: Jim and Marie are a husband and wife team that has been creating art together for more than fifteen years. The couple is best known for their larger-than-life butter sculptures, many of which were created for state and country fairs and expositions. However, their talents span far beyond just butter. Jim and Marie have done numerous commissions in bronze, steel, cast stone, and resin, and their work has been on display at a wide range of corporate and PR events.

8. Carl Warner


Location: London, England
Mediums: Vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, & more
Subjects: Landscapes
How he works: “I tend to draw a very conventional landscape using classic compositional techniques as I need to fool the viewer into thinking it is a real scene at first glance, it is the realization that the scene is in fact made of food that brings a smile that brings a smile to the viewer, and for me that’s the best part.”

The moral of the story? Not everyone can be a food artist prodigy, but you CAN be creative with more than just a pen and paper! So go ahead, play with your food! You have our permission.

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