Joël Penkman Food Paintings

June 21, 2011

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)


  • Reply Katie Truelove June 22, 2011 at 3:38 am

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

  • Reply Ea June 22, 2011 at 4:32 am

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

  • Reply Katrina June 22, 2011 at 5:54 am

    These are just fabulous! I love the doughnut one.

  • Reply Angelique Sadal June 22, 2011 at 8:19 am

    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

  • Reply cafenoHut June 22, 2011 at 8:22 am

    These are truly great. I love donut.

  • Reply vinnie June 22, 2011 at 9:04 am

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

  • Reply Leigh-Ann June 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    If you like these – look at South African Artist http://www.alexemsley.com

  • Reply Jennifer June 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm

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

  • Reply Candi June 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    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!

  • Reply Lauren June 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm


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

  • Reply Hannah McDonald June 23, 2011 at 6:29 am

    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.

  • Reply MC June 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    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.

  • Reply Barbara June 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm

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

  • Reply Christine June 24, 2011 at 12:23 am

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

  • Reply hena tayeb June 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Lovely work

  • Reply viv June 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm

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

  • Reply Leanda June 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm

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

  • Reply deb June 28, 2011 at 3:13 am


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


  • Reply Rebecca July 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm

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

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