There”s a delicious-looking slice of pizza on a plate. There”s a burger hanging out on another, and a bag of chips on the one after that. And on the fourth…Morgan Freeman?
If this sounds familiar to you, you”ve probably already seen Jacqueline Poirier”s work. Her painting style is traditional, but her canvas is anything but. That”s because she likes to paint on ceramic dinner plates.
Poirier describes herself as a lifelong artist, but it wasn”t until a few years ago that she discovered her true love of painting on ceramic and porcelain. And what better way to share her art with the public than to put it on something everyone uses?
That”s how her plate art, which she jokingly calls “plart,” was born. Today, she paints everything from food to celebrity portraits on these kitchen staples. She sometimes takes up the whole plate, and other times, she plays with the form of the plate itself to create a trompe l”oeil effect.
Poirier is known for her celebrity portraits. She even provided custom plates for guests at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.
Poirier”s plates can be found on display in TOCA, which is the restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto, where she”s on staff as the resident artist. Yes, that”s a real job. She”s charged with creating clever plates for the hotel”s affluent clientele, which includes celebrities.
So if you thought that painting on plates couldn”t possibly be a real job, Poirier is happy to prove you wrong. But she”s really just excited about sharing her art with the world.
Aside from celebrity portraits and food-related images, she likes to harness her craft by capturing all kinds of subjects.
You can see much more of Poirier”s plart on her website and Instagram, since she regularly adds pieces to her already large collection. She”s also on Twitter, so you can keep up with her latest projects there, as well.