Thursday, May 01, 2014

Community Coffee

Community Coffee  |  24 x 24  |  Oil on panel

Way back in 2009 I received a commission to create five paintings for the boardroom of a large printing company here in Atlanta. They produced the packaging for a number of clients including: Reeses, Coca Cola, Nabisco and many others. Before we started they gave me a long list of their clients to choose from. I went to the grocery store and picked a variety of items who's packaging, I thought, was the most interesting/iconic. I then put together some comps and they choose the five they liked best. To my dismay one of the companies that didn't make the cut was Community Coffee. I had really wanted to paint all that crinkly, shiny red. Later that year I did paint a six inch by six inch version of this composition for auction on ebay, but I always wanted to do it big, so . . . I did. 

I'm working on two realism shows for 2014. One for Tree's Place Gallery in July and another at C. K. Contemporary in San Francisco in September. This piece will be heading up to Cape Cod for the Tree's show. 


SteveC said...

Everything else being equal with a photorealist, lettering is the ultimate test for me. This is really stunning, Neil. Sounds strange to a casual observer, I know, but I'll be poring over (and envying) the print in this piece for a long time (never mind the gorgeous and crisp highlights, wrinkles and subtle color work on the bag). Congrats!

James Neil Hollingsworth said...

Thanks Mr.C - You're right the type is HUGE. If it's even a little off it tends to blow the whole effect.

suzannepaints said...

my very favorite chicory! love the painting