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Gallery: Hyperrealistic Paintings of Comfort Food

If like us, you woke up this morning suffering from a bit of a food hangover, then Pamela Michelle Johnson’s paintings of piled up hamburgers, stacks of Oreos, and mounds of cheesecake are probably going to make you feel a little sick to your stomach — and possibly help you from spending the entire day picking over leftovers. You’re welcome! Johnson’s photorealistic, large-scale work, which we spotted over on MoCoLoco, is meant to be a commentary on what she calls the “insatiable American appetite.”

“Through my work, I strive to invoke reflection on a culture focused on mass-consumption and mass-production, where the negative aspects of overindulgence are often forgotten or ignored,” she writes. “The work questions a culture that equates fulfillment, pleasure and happiness with what we consume.” Click through to see a few of our favorite pieces, and let us know what you think of it in the comments.


Pamela Michelle Johnson, Cheesecake, 2009. 60″ x 64″, oil on canvas

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