Wayne Thiebaud


Wayne Thiebaud was an American painter during the Pop Art movement. Starting as an illustrator, he eventually went to school in California to get his BFA and MFA. His works depict everyday objects, scenes, and people in bold colors and soft pastels. The time he spent growing up and going to school on the west coast informed his paintings of San Francisco which skew space and play on the steep streets there. In his well-known food and pastry paintings, he uses a broad brush to create a subtle impasto and an obvious surface texture.


Thiebaud most appeals to me through his color and line quality; not only by the straight lines left behind by the brush bristles but also by the strokes he uses to outline his subjects. He breaks the traditional notion that objects can’t be separated from the background by an outline, keeping the background a simple pane and bringing his subject forward by defining the edges with bright, thin lines of color. His portraits are the best example of this. These elements he uses have helped inform my work.

Close up of figure.

– Melody Monroe








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