DELICIOUS: Artist Will Irving with some of the paintings featuring in his exhibition.
DELICIOUS: Artist Will Irving with some of the paintings featuring in his exhibition. Nicola Brander

Will paints his cake and eats it

MARCOOLA artist Will Irving is putting European gourmet culture on a canvas and showing it to the world.

Irving and his new collection of paintings will travel to Zug in Switzerland for a new exhibition titled Das Fest.

This latest collection of food scenes is a celebration of the essence, beauty and passion of edible objects.

Every painting on show will be a feast for the eyes, inviting viewers to share the vision of the creator.

"I like to make a painting that depicts something real, not just abstract blobs on a canvas," Irving said of his artistic style.

"And food has a pretty broad appeal."

In keeping with the food theme, Irving has been experimenting with an ancient renaissance approach to painting by using walnut oil, egg yolks and linseed oil, making the whole exercise of production organic and natural.

"The same things which make those ingredients good for you to eat make them good to paint with," he said.

Irving's art style is objective and representational, often taking themes and subject matter directly from nature which is a perfect pairing for food imagery.

He and his wife Suzanne have lived on the Sunshine Coast since 1999 and although they love and appreciate the local art scene, Irving said that he was always excited to take his work further afield.

After their first visit to Switzerland in 2003, the couple fell in love with the country and now see it as a land of culture, beauty and fine cuisine.

The Irvings travel to Switzerland every European winter, and have recognised a good appreciation for art, assisted by a strong economy and large population.

But before he packs up his precious cargo, Irving is holding a special exhibition today at his home in Marcoola for friends and long-standing clients.

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