Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce an exhibition of original painting and prints by Master Chef Jacques Pepin, called The Artistry of Jacques Pepin. It is the first comprehensive exhibition of Jacques Pepin’s art, and will introduce viewers to this fascinating aspect of the renowned chef’s pursuits.
While Jacques Pepin is revered worldwide for his cooking, his artwork is less-known, but equally compelling, intuitive, and creatively expressed. As he has stated: “I don’t know whether my painting has helped my cuisine, or whether my cooking has helped my painting, and I don’t know if one borrows from the other. All I know is that, certainly for me, cooking and painting can live in harmony together. Both are different expressions of who I am and both enhance my life considerably.”
Pepin began painting over 50 years ago, starting with hand-illustrated menus created to celebrate the joy of mealtime gatherings for friends and family. Since then, he has expanded to capturing animals (particularly roosters and chickens), farm scenes and rural landscapes in a charming, pastoral style with a vivid palette. A Madison, Connecticut, resident for more than forty years, Pepin wanted to share his artwork with his shoreline “neighbors,” hence this collaboration with Guilford Art Center. “I am pleased to be partnering with the Guilford Art Center for this exhibition in support of their stellar reputation in the arts community and access to all approach to sharing art education and experiences.”
“We are thrilled to be working with Jacques Pepin, and honored that he has chosen to collaborate with us for this major presentation of his art,” says Maureen Belden, Guilford Art Center Executive Director. “We think visitors will be fascinated to learn about this aspect of his creativity, and charmed by his images and elegant style.”
The exhibition will include original paintings, along with limited edition signed prints. Copies of Pepin’s newest book, called Menus: A Book for Your Meals and Memories will be available for purchase in The Shop at Guilford Art Center.
The opening reception with Chef Pepin is on June 21, from 5 p.m.-7pm. Due to space limitations, this is a ticketed event; tickets are $30 per person, which includes a copy of the Menus book which Pepin will sign; wine, finger foods, and a chance to mingle with Pepin. Tickets can be purchased on the GAC website www.guilfordartcenter.org. After the opening reception, the gallery is free and open to the public, 7 days a week.