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Joël Penkman Food Paintings

If you are dieting or cutting out sugar then my apologies for this post because it will most certainly ruin all of the good work you’ve been doing lately. :) These fine art food paintings from graphic designer and painter Joël Penkman are simply delicious. I think the candy canes are my favorite followed by the donuts… so pretty to see food like this.

Joël Penkman Food Paintings

Joël Penkman Food Paintings

Joël Penkman Food Paintings

Joël studied Fine Arts at Canterbury University in New Zealand and received first class honors in graphic design, no small achievement! After finishing, a move to the UK began with working for companies but now Joël’s life is purely freelance and with clients in Manchester that are highly regarded such as True North, Music, Like a River and Barraclough Associates so life is good and freelance was definitely the best path for Joël to have taken.

I love these fine art portraits of food – especially the sweets – I can see these as repeat illustrations on wrapping paper and fabric, can’t you?

(images: Joël Penkman)

Posted by decor8 in uncategorized on June 21, 2011

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  1. Katie Truelove commented
    June 22nd, 2011 at 3:38am

    Wow! I love the candy canes too– we don’t appreciate the beauty of sweets enough before gobbling them up:);)

  2. Ea commented
    June 22nd, 2011 at 4:32am

    these are wonderful paintings (not to mention yummy-looking)! very realistic! i didn’t think they were paintings at first glance.

  3. Katrina commented
    June 22nd, 2011 at 5:54am

    These are just fabulous! I love the doughnut one.

  4. Angelique Sadal commented
    June 22nd, 2011 at 8:19am

    Wow, i thought these were photo’s, but when i took a closer look at it i saw that it was painted. I like it. I also like to draw food especially cakes and icecream

  5. cafenoHut commented
    June 22nd, 2011 at 8:22am

    These are truly great. I love donut.

  6. vinnie commented
    June 22nd, 2011 at 9:04am

    thought they were real!!! D E L I C I O U S

  7. Leigh-Ann commented
    June 22nd, 2011 at 12:43pm

    If you like these – look at South African Artist

  8. Jennifer commented
    June 22nd, 2011 at 2:23pm

    These are so great, I don’t think I can pick a favourite!

  9. Candi commented
    June 22nd, 2011 at 6:53pm

    These paintings are adorable…they’re so fun and cheerful. I love the ice cream…there’s something about sprinkles that always makes me happy!

  10. Lauren commented
    June 22nd, 2011 at 11:02pm


    I looove these! The first two are my favorites! :)

  11. Hannah McDonald commented
    June 23rd, 2011 at 6:29am

    Love them. I paint food, too, sometimes, and it actually helps me NOT want to eat it when I’m focusing on the visual aspect. So you may actually be helping some folks’ diet. Weird logic, I know, but it works for me.

  12. MC commented
    June 23rd, 2011 at 2:03pm

    The candy canes are my fave as well. I think these would be great as a note card set or greeting cards too. If Joel has a rep, he should totally connect with publishers like Galison or Chronicle or Graphique de France for a license.

  13. Barbara commented
    June 23rd, 2011 at 4:15pm

    Now, this is really cute! 1-2-3-4…I want them now! Beautifully composed.

  14. Christine commented
    June 24th, 2011 at 12:23am

    Paintings!? These look so beautiful and delicious i just want to take a bite out of them. Amazing work.

  15. hena tayeb commented
    June 25th, 2011 at 7:30pm

    Lovely work

  16. viv commented
    June 26th, 2011 at 2:27pm

    Oh! That’s so cool, such a great work.

  17. Leanda commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 4:00pm

    These are really beautiful and a trip down memory lane! Ah French Fancies :)

  18. deb commented
    June 28th, 2011 at 3:13am


    These remind me so much of the lovely works of Wayne Thiebaud….

  19. Rebecca commented
    July 13th, 2011 at 3:23pm

    Totally derivative of Wayne Thiebaud, but not as well executed.

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