Minimalist Paintings of Produce That Evoke the Weird Charm of City Living

Caitlyn Murphy creates tactile gouache-on-paper paintings that capture the feel of late-night fruit stands and humid bodegas.

Toronto-based artist Caitlyn Murphy, who we first learned about on the Jealous Curator, creates tactile gouache-on-paper paintings of produce that city people are all too familiar with. You know, the kind of bananas that are spotted like leopards and tomatoes so overripe they collapse under even your sharpest knife. There are no precious display stands for this fruit — just plastic crates in obnoxious colors and cardboard boxes soaked in sweet juice. Murphy paints familiar stands around the city and corner stores, highlighting the weird and charming logos of brand produce, like Foxy. Take a closer look at Murphy’s bodega-style produce paintings, and practically smell the rotting greens, in our gallery.

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