Food and Drink-Themed Art You Need To Buy
You like food, do you? Well, prove it. It’s not enough that you cook and eat every single day of your life. You need to show the world exactly how much you love to eat and drink by plastering the walls of your home with F&B-related art. I’ve literally got four food-related prints in my bedroom and am living, breathing proof that surrounding yourself by things you love can make you feel better.
Having good taste in restaurants is one thing but having good taste in art is another. Finding someone that has both of those things is exceedingly rare so if you ever do meet someone who knows their Septime from their Cézanne then you should try really hard to make them a part of your life. As is the case with all things, faking it till you make it is integral to anyone interested in interior design or being “arty”. So, even if you’re reading this while sitting in a room with completely bare walls that resembles a prison, there’s no reason you can’t start buying some art to liven up your surroundings. Containing a mix of independent artists as well as institutions like the Tate, these are the best places to get your hands on some food and drink-related art.
If you’ve never seen any of Phoebe Rutherford’s delicate restaurant illustrations before, you’re in for a treat. Immortalising London’s greatest eateries in tender black and white lines, Phoebe is an expert at bringing the bricks and mortar of a restaurant into life. Even if you don’t live in London, you should consider getting one of her illustrations for your wall. If nothing else it will motivate you to finally eat at Black Axe Mangal. If she hasn’t already done your favourite, Phoebe also takes requests – the perfect gift for the restaurant lover in your life.
Ellie Edwards Lino
Each of Ellie Edwards’s lino prints is carved and printed by hand. Not only does that make each piece completely unique but it means a great deal of time and effort is put into each and every one. My personal favourite is a print emblazoned with a squadron of squat croissants but just about every print that Ellie creates has oodles of charm. An excellent way to add some character to your room while supporting a talented artist.
Harry Darby & Anna Hodgson
Harry Darby & Anna Hodgson are a London-based design duo who create illustrations, designs, booklets and prints. You might recognise them from some of the work they’ve done with Bermondsey’s supremely popular restaurant 40 Maltby Street. Their screen prints tend to depict bucolic scenes related to food and have previously included a vineyard feast and harvest feast. Their work only ever comes in a limited run, though, so make sure to be quick off the mark if you want to guarantee yourself one of their gorgeous pieces.
Anyone who knows anything about the London food scene knows that BAO has been one of the most consistent presences in it over the last couple of years. Not only do each of the outfit’s restaurants deliver a special experience that nails the food and the interior but BAO also produces some pretty great artwork as well. You can choose from a selection of limited-edition prints and less-limited edition posters that all fit in with BAO’s elite aesthetic.
Putting the fun into fruits, Studio Lucy sells a host of prints that show off the beauty of nature’s candy. The colours in all of Lucy Ellis’s designs really pop and will definitely add a splash of excitement to your drab living quarters. If you live in a flat where the fruit bowl is always empty, you should really consider purchasing a print from Lucy as one of your five-a-day.
Ah, yes – the Tate. An unshakeable icon that stands for all things cool, the Tate sells a wide selection of food and drink themed art prints that include work from artists such as Patrick Heron, Matisse, and Georgia O’Keeffe. The boon to the Tate is the sheer variety of what’s on offer. Even if you’re not sure of who your favourite artist is, buying a print you like the look of is an excellent chance to find out what you’re into and a good first step into the world of becoming “arty”.