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What we do:

The FoodArt Collection is an art gallery that specializes in representational art that depicts food and the culture around food. The gallery is currently located in an apartment in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. 

My story:

 

I have been collecting art depicting food since 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.

 

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 now my apartment functions 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 am hoping to share my passion for food themed art as well as spark a similar passion in others.

 

I am excited to see more of this type of work from the talented artists of Seattle, and my goal is to share it with you.

 

-Jeremy Buben