Lee Price’s Paintings Of Unapologetic Snacking (NSFW)

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New York-based artist Lee Price paints realistic portraits of women as they are caught in intimate moments consuming sweet treats and decadent desserts. They are either in bed or in the bathtub, both places where eating is seen as somewhat taboo (aside from the occasional breakfast in bed). Here, we are the voyeur, gazing at not only their location, but what they are eating. In a short statement about her work, Price writes:

In this society, there’s so much pressure for women to be thin. We’re not supposed to have appetites – and not just for food, but for a lot of things. We’re the givers and not the consumers, and I think some of my recent paintings are about the women staring at the viewers and saying, ‘I’m not going to censor my appetite.’

The women in Price’s work are unapologetic about what they enjoy, and it ultimately seems like they are liberated doing so. Many of them look straight at us instead of shying away.  As she insinuates in her statement, Price’s work touches on the repression of desire, and the fact that they match our gaze communicates that they are taking control. (Via iGNANT)

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  • Guest

    Those aren’t paintings.

  • Guest

    I like the idea of these! It’s very artistic. However just because their eating junk food doesn’t mean they need to look like a pig while doing it. I think these could have been portrayed a lot more elegantly. I know in my case for instance…. Wether I drink hot cocoa in the bath tub (because I do) or eat a delicious cake elsewhere, I still manage to have manners in the process…. Even if there’s nobody around but myself to see it. Who would want to swim in the food/drink their eating?….

  • Minette

    “In this society, there’s so much pressure for women to be thin”, says the artist. So true. Too bad there are only thin women in her photos.

  • Stacy

    He is a rather extreme realist who paints with oil on linen. Yes, they are paintings.

  • Bailey

    I think you are missing the entire point.

  • siilverteeth

    the point is to look kind of grotesque, to show an intimate moment in which the women don’t have to have manners. A moment where they can become voracious creatures and indulge on food without judging eyes.