artist in focus: phoebe boddy


Phoebe is an award-winning artist whose practice is stimulated by food and flavour. She uses the process of painting to explore the connections between the two creative fields of Food and Art.




How do you describe your work?

Large scale, playful and impactful. I like to use bold colour and form that immediately draws in an audience


What would you say are your greatest influences?

Food, flavour and anything else related to food, such as funny little sayings. I’ve recently started a collection of work that is inspired by how other artists have used food in their artwork, or have famously been associated with food. This has bought another dimension to my work which I’m very excited about


Who do you have in mind when you create your work?

I create work for myself primarily and hope that what I gives me joy, others will also enjoy. I like artworks that make you smile. So perhaps I have in mind anyone who appreciates food and bold, bright art that is sometimes humorous. I always say that my artworks belong in a kitchen, so maybe it’s a kitchen setting I think of when I’m painting. The heart of any home, where culinary creations come to life


What makes your art different, special and irresistible?

That feeling you get when you lay your eyes on the most delicious-looking plate of food…that’s what I want people to feel and relate to when they look at my work. I want them to devour it like a meal


What do people say when they see your collection / portfolio? How does your art make them feel?

I hope they feel happy and maybe hungry! I would say most people that connect with my work are light-hearted, bubbly and fun. People who love to have a kitchen full of good food, good booze and good friends. And good art, of course. I’m pleased that some of my paintings now hang in restaurants too


What do you think motivates people to buy your art? How does it appeal to the heart?

There’s no better way to pass time than sat around a dinner table, eating delicious food with friends or family, and that’s the feeling I like to stimulate in my work. I’ve heard people say they’re transported back to a happy memory of a special, shared meal when looking at my paintings. That’s the ultimate goal of my work; for people to be able to preserve that memory and enjoy seeing my paintings on the wall