MID-TIDE EPIPELAGIC OCTOBER
PETER J. HEMSLEY
Inspired by the many beautiful products that enter my kitchen, Dungeness Crabs have always had their particular allure as bottom dwellers of the sublittoral sector of the Pacific Ocean. Using actual crab shells, my ambition with this painting is to convey the crowded and frenetic energy of groups of crabs as they are drawn from the ocean floor into fisherman's boats. The heavy impasto style of the painting has the intention of challenging the observer's senses, questioning which elements of the painting are shell or heavy paint.
MEDIUM: Acrylic, resin, crab heads
DIMENSIONS: 48" x 36"
Peter J Hemsley was born in Philadelphia, PA. In 2008 he graduated top of his class from the world famous Le Cordon Bleu Academy in Paris. Back to the United States to practice his craft in America’s great food cities. In 2011 he relocated to France to enhance his technique and learn from the industry’s most coveted chefs. While abroad Hemsley took to drawing and paintings to further develop his recipes. Under the instruction of Alain Passard, Hemsley was reinvigorated to the fact that food and art are forever intertwined. Upon his return to the United States Hemsley began to develop the business plan of Palette, a space where diners and art officianattos find a commonality.