Tipp No. 151: “Sweet Dreams” – pop-art paintings by Wayne Thiebaud (USA)

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Weirdly Calorie Bombs that are tempting only at first sight and from a distance.
On the second sight and looking at Wayne Thiebauds pies, ice cream, juice and other sweets, an uncomfortable feeling involuntarily creeps in.

The pastel colors (50s like, economic boom time with the promise that consumption will make us happy), the creamy color application that provides almost a 3D-effect and the delicious motifs and the beauty of the cakes, pies and ice cream rise your appetite…and then suddenly, you start thinking that some thing is terribly wrong.

Is it the degree of abstraction that let the pies & sweets look “lifeless” and like cloned with calculated deviations to pretend that the food is hand-/home-made?
Is it the arrangement of the food? It reminds on serial production and the showcases look like incubators in my view.
Is it the fetish-like, somehow aggressive (pushy) and clean presentation of the cakes, juice & ice cream?
The “cold, clinical light” creating amazing colorful shadows that provides a kind of “artificial touch” and lead to an association of food laboratory and industrialized, unhealthy fake food?
The motif seems to uncover the broken promises of advertisement.
The lack of a background?
Or details like the colored contour lines?

Somehow the bakery & candy looks dangerous not only because of the high sugar, fat and artificial flavoring substances contents but also because of its persuasiveness to makes us believe that we want it despite of the suspicion that it is not good for us.
These sweetened, sugar-coated products won`t nourish us. It won`t satisfy our hunger – neither the physical one nor the emotional one.
Consuming fluffy, creamy gateau – you can easily eat in binge eat – won`t fill the void in our lifes….in us.
These master pieces of product development are surrogats /substitutes for something you cannot buy.

No…These “Sweet Dreams” are – on the quiet – toxic.


Wayne Thiebaud (born November 15, 1920) is an American
commonplace objects—pies, lipsticks, paint cans, ice cream cones, pastries, and hot dogs—as well as for his landscapes and figure paintings.

Thiebaud is associated with the pop art movement because of his interest in objects of mass culture, although his early works, executed during the fifties and sixties, slightly predate the works of the classic pop artists.

Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects, and the well-defined shadows characteristic of advertisements are almost always included in his work.

You can find his stunning work in many famous collections.

On October 14, 1994, Thiebaud was presented with the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton.
He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Art from the American Academy of Design in 2001. 
Thiebaud was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2010 at the California Museum, Sacramento, 
and in 2013, he was honored with the California Art Award in recognition of his part in raising the prominence of California art around the world.

Tipp No. 152: “Creating A New Reality” – City-/Landscape Paintings by Wayne Thiebaud (USA)

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As you might remember, I`ve introduced Wayne Thiebaud and his cake, pie and candy paintings recently (post Tipp No.151: “Sweet Dreams”).

Today, I`d like to share a few of Thiebauds amazing landscape paintings. In 1963, Thiebaud namely turned increasingly to figure and landscape painting.

Beginning in the 1970s, he began painting San Francisco cityscapes, wildly distorted views of the city’s streets and hillsides that are reminiscent not only of Richard Diebenkorn’s cityscapes from the mid-sixties but also the Precisionist paintings of Charles Sheeler and Georgia O’Keefe (for his cityscapes see my next post).

His most recent landscapes dating from the mid-1990s share many of the same spatial and planar distortions seen in the cityscapes but utilise hotter colour and flattened planes to create the imagery.

The way he divides the world into forms and patterns veers toward abstraction, but holds fast to the image. In a revealing interview Thiebaud did with USD gallery director Derrick R. Cartwright for the catalog that accompanies “By Hand,” he said, “Any good painting is essentially cubist.”

I like the melancholic, almost surrealistic mountains / cliffs with clouds in particular.

Wayne Thiebaud`s art is amazingly versatile and you can see that he is experimenting a lot, as the examples I`ve selected show. Bending cityscapes and geometric resolution of landscapes to create a new (?) reality…

River and Slough, 1969
San Francisco Freeway
Appartment Hill, 1980
Morning Freeway, 2012-2013
Ranch Valley
Blue Hill
White Mountain, 1995
Mountain Clouds, 1964 – 1986 (!)
The Yosemite Valley Ridge, 1975


Wayne Thiebaud was born Mesa, Arizona in 1920, and his family soon moved to Los Angeles in 1921.

In high school he became interested in stage design and lighting, and worked part-time at a movie theater where he made posters for lobby displays, 1935-1938. During this time he also worked as a summer apprentice program in the animation department of Walt Disney Studios, 1936.

From 1942 to 1945, Thiebaud served in the Air Force, assigned to the Special Services Department as an artist and cartoonist, and eventually transferred to the First Air Force Motion Picture Unit, commanded by Ronald Reagan.

It is not difficult to detect the influence that this commercial experience had on his later paintings attributed to Pop Art; Thiebaud’s characteristic work displays consumer objects such as pies and cakes (pls., see prev. post Tipp No. 151 “Sweet Dreams”) as they are seen in drug store windows.

Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects, and the well-defined shadows characteristic of advertisements are almost always included. Objects are simplified into basic units but appear varied using seemingly minimal means.

From 1949 to 1950, Thiebaud studied at the San Jose State University and from 1950 to 1953 at the California State University in Sacramento.

He had his first solo exhibition at the Crocker Art Gallery in Sacramento, and between the years of 1954 and 1957, he produced eleven educational films for which he was awarded the Scholastic Art Prize in 1961.

Thiebaud lectured at the Art Department of the Sacramento City College until 1959, when he became a professor at the University of California in Davis.

Today, Wayne Thiebaud lives and works in California.

Tipp No. 15: “Nasty Chicks” (Garstige Küken) by Won ABC (German Artist)

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Nasty Chicks all over the place… Free for Adoption, if you dare. 


The Artist:

From the outset, instrumental in the German graffiti history, the Munich Won ABC is one of the most spectacular character painter of the global Graffiti Writer scene.

Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, co-founder of the sprayer group ABC and practiced by countless guerrilla actions with sometimes drastic legal consequences.

Throughout his artistic career, he developed a picturesque incredibly complex universe between graffiti, morbid comic and visionary symbolic paintings that offer an enormous amount of details and give us an insight into the incredible imagination of the painter.

His Website: http://www.wonabc.com/

The Artist exhibits in the OZM Art Space Gallery in Hamburg / Germany, web: https://onezeromore.com/

Der Künstler:

Von Beginn an maßgeblich an der Deutschen Graffiti-Geschichte beteiligt, ist der Münchner Won ABC einer der spektakulärsten Character-Maler der globalen Graffiti Writer-Szene.

Absolvent der Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, Mitbegründer der Sprüher-Gruppe ABC und geübt durch unzählige Guerilla-Aktionen, mit bisweilen drastischen gerichtlichen Folgen.

Im Laufe seiner künstlerischen Karriere entwickelte er ein malerisch unheimlich komplexes Universum zwischen Graffiti, morbidem Comic und visionär symbolischen Gemälden welche einen enormen Detailreichtum bieten und uns einen Einblick in die unglaubliche Vorstellungskraft des Maler gewähren.

Seine Website: http://www.wonabc.com/

Seine Arbeiten sind in der OZM Art Space Gallery in Hamburg / Germany zu finden, web: https://onezeromore.com/