Paintings of Food in Austin by Kaci Beeler [food art]

Kaci Beeler, "Enchiladas from Chuy's" 10"x 10" oil on canvas. Photo by permission.

Freelance artist and actor Kaci Beeler created a series of food paintings in Spring 2009 based on all her favorite and “most delicious” Austin, Texas food finds. Beeler worked off photographs of her favorite meals to create the series of 10x10" oil paintings. Almost like an homage to a restaurant menu, or for that matter, the restaurant itself, Beeler names all of the works after the name of the dish and where the dish is made. She explained to us her inspiration:

Once I fell into doing these paintings a window of possibilities opened for me. I've always been intrigued by the aesthetics of food and the interplay between the physical necessity for food and the natural visual appeal of food - so this is a subject that feels very open for me.

Kaci Beeler, "The Buffalo Burger from Casino El Camino" 10"x 10" oil on canvas. Photo by permission.

On her site, she explains the reasoning behind the series:

These recent paintings combine several personal themes for me - my long time obsession with food imagery, my daily struggles with non-erosive reflux disease, and the gluttonous, excessive joy of eating out local in Austin, Texas. I did indeed consume all of the food depicted, and loved every bite...well, at least as it was going down.

Kaci Beeler, "The Breakfast Plate from Blue Star Cafeteria" 10" x 10" oil on canvas. Photo by permission.

Kaci Beeler, "The Sandwich Cubano from Habana" 10" x 10" oil on canvas. Photo by permission.

Kaci Beeler, "Salt and Pepper Shrimp from T&S Seafood" 10" x 10" oil on canvas. Photo by permission.

Kaci Beeler, "Kerbey Queso from Kerbey Lane Cafe" 10"x10" oil on canvas. Photo by permission.

Kaci Beeler, "Ice Cream from Amy's Ice Cream" 10"x10" oil on canvas. Photo by permission.

Kaci Beeler, "Pizza from Salvation Pizza" 10"x10" oil on canvas. Photo by permission.

Kaci Beeler, "Banana Split from Cafe 1886" 10"x10" oil on canvas. Photo by permission.

Kaci Beeler, "Cupcakes from Sugar Mama's Bakeshop" 10"x10" oil on canvas. Photo by permission.

Although half of the current collection has already sold, Beeler let us know that she’s planning a new cupcake and cheeseburger series for the fall. In the mean time, you can buy the remaining original works by contacting her through her website, or you can stop by the Salvage Vanguard Theatre Gallery through June 28th in Austin, where the entire series is currently on display.

Michelle Mettler

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