Mary Ellen Johnson is a realist oil painter best known for her paintings of food. Johnson is intrigued by how the brain triggers hunger and likes the associations food is charged with nostalgia, comfort, and tradition, as well as imagery that is mundane and elevating it to art. She believes the manner and style of the work is driven by the imagery. Throughout history, many artists have focused on food. But in typically modern delicacies, Johnson has found fresh shapes, colors, and textures, that were exciting to to her. ‘People [...]
"Tedious photo copying. The original photorealists were radical and often painterly. This is just an indication of how dull and conservative the movement has become."
"I'm a photographer; I HATE FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY! When I was I HATED food photography because it's so tedious. When I learned all the 'tricks' involved, I lost all 'respect' for images on restaurant menues"
"oh dear dieters porn! sorry but it looks way too yummy! :) Food is hard to photograph, good job especially when you realize it's not a photograph its oil paint."
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