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The FoodArt Collection was an art gallery that specialized in representational art depicting food and the culture around food. The gallery was located in a one-bedroom apartment in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle and was a frequent exhibitor for Capitol Hill's Second Thursday Art Walk. The apartment gallery started in a studio apartment in Summer 2017 and moved into a one-bedroom apartment the following May 2018. The last show was held July 2022. 

My story:

 

I started intentionally collecting art depicting food in the summer of 2014. This was initiated after seeing the museum exhibition Art & Appetite at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

Initially what I assumed to be a phoned-in concept for a special exhibition turned out to be one of the most transformative groupings of art that I have ever experienced. In this show I discovered the work of Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Estes, and even saw Edward Hopper's Nighthawks in person. The work in the show was historical, informative, political, and all very much relevant. Needless to say, I left inspired.

 

Upon my return to Seattle I became keenly aware of the food-themed art that quietly found its way into almost every art walk in town. What impressed me most was that art depicting food cropped up in shows by artists whose body of work generally didn't fall into still lifes or the like. So I began collecting what I could- prints, small paintings, vintage finds, and slowly my collection grew. 

In the Spring of 2017 I decided to start a curatorial project that promoted and specialized in this unique category of art. A group show including 25 local artists at Joe Bar Cafe started this whole thing off, and soon my apartment functioned as the gallery's home. As everyone can relate to food on a variety of levels, the art that depicts it is broadly accessible. Furthermore, a gallery showing this type of art can paint a pretty broad survey of the local art scene.

 

I'm fascinated by almost any art that depicts food whether it be the settings in which food is made and consumed, the cultures surrounding food, or the occasional work that uses food as a metaphor for a provocative or politically charged topic. With these Food Art shows I shared my passion for food themed art and hoped to spark a similar passion in others.

After a little over 5 years and 36 exhibitions I ended the project in the summer of 2022 with an auction of my personal collection at the Museum of Museums and one final exhibition at the apartment gallery in July. It was an incredibly fun project and I enjoyed it immensely.

 

Thank you to everyone that visited the apartment gallery, collected artworks from our shows, and especially to all of the talented artists that let me show their work!

-Jeremy Buben