A show focused on imagery of different types of food, painted on unique surfaces. Tayo Jones’s unique collection of painted juice cartons showcases all the food he has eaten over the years, including pizza, ice-cream, oranges, bananas, and eggs. The exhibition will also include three 2-D paintings of Jalapeno chilli peppers on wood, as an example of Tayo’s early work. The purpose of the exhibition is to explore the use of used items and exploring new ways to use them as an alternative to simply recycle them, as well as our relationship with food.
Initially, Tayo painted images of food on canvases, wood and card, his style reminiscent of the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh and even showing influence of pop art. Among the food he has painted, his favourite to paint is the jalapeno chilli pepper and it would be a recurring image in his paintings. Other recurring food Tayo has painted include bananas, cheeseburgers and recently cheesecakes. As his art practice evolved, Tayo decided to use alternative surfaces and started to paint on Juice cartons and milk bottles. The reason he chose the cartons and bottles was because they tied into his love of food and his art practice and it was a good way to recycle items and use them in new and unique ways, giving them new purpose instead of throwing them away.
In addition to painting food, Tayo has recently started to paint other images and patterns onto his objects, such as tiger stripes and giraffe spots, which provides more friendly and humane alternative to using real animal skins. As of 2019, Tayo has painted primarily on juice cartons, as he found the surface of the milk bottles too slippery. Currently, Tayo is continuing to work on his art practice, finding new food to paint. In addition to food, Tayo has explored other subjects of interest to him, such as film, Japanese culture and Professional Wrestling. His subject often changes due to his current interests at the time. While Acrylic paint is his primary medium, Tayo has added drawing, photography and even performance to his portfolio and is willing to experiment with different styles and mediums to achieve his desired result.
Tayo believes that anything can be made into art, even soft drinks packaging, cups and pens. There is no limit to art. You just need the imagination, the right materials and the ambition to reach your goals.