Wayne Thiebaud

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In March, Palette visited San Francisco for the Art International Expo. We took along several of our works by Wayne Thiebaud. Many of the art patrons were kind enough to tell us about a local bakery called Miette, that designs their cakes and displays after Thiebaud's imagery! We were delighted with their showcase which is pictured below, along with our etching of "Cake Window" by Thiebaud. For more information about Miette visit www.miette.com.

Wayne Thiebaud bio (courtesy of metroartwork.com)

Wayne Thiebaud is an American painter whose most famous works are of cakes, pastries, toys and lipsticks. He is associated with the Pop art movement because of his interest in objects of mass culture, however, his works, executed during the fifties and sixties, slightly predate the works of the classic pop artists. He has also been seen, due to his true to life representations, as a predecessor to photorealism. 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.

Thiebaud was born in Mesa, Arizona. His family moved to Long Beach, California when he was six months old. Thiebaud spent over ten years working in New York and Hollywood as a cartoonist and advertisement designer. These stints were interrupted for four years, from 1942 to 1946, while Thiebaud served as a member of the United States Army Air Force. Wayne's formal art training was paid for by the G.I. Bill. He studied at San Jose State College and the California State University, Sacramento. He joined the University of California, Davis as an art professor, where he teaches today.

Thiebaud's first solo exhibition was 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. In the spring of 1962, Thiebaud exhibited for the first time at the Allan Stone Gallery in New York. This exhibition was followed by his first solo museum show - in San Francisco at the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum. Later that year he was included in the landmark group exhibition, New Realists, at the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York.

Many wonder if he spent time working in the food industry, and in fact he did. As a young man in Long Beach, he worked at a cafe named Mile High and Red Hot, where "Mile High" was ice cream and "Red Hot" was a hot dog.

In addition to pastries, Thiebaud has painted landscapes, streetscapes, and popular characters such as Mickey Mouse. His recent paintings such as 'Sunset Streets' (1985) and 'Flatland River' (1997) are noted for their hyper realism, and are in some ways similar to Edward Hopper's work, who was fascinated with mundane scenes from everyday American life.

"Night River" is both rich and dense; a quality that is rarely achieved outside of the etching process. Its limited color palette intensifies the line work and subsequent paths while creating an unexpected luminosity. This rural landscape is serene yet endlessly intriguing and is a fine example of Thiebaud's latest work.

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