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Illustrative Caricatures: Art by Cindy Scaife

A painting of an athropomorphized naniamo barNanaimo Bar, acrylic on canvas


Painter Cindy Scaife has a special talent for illustrative caricatures, and a unique style with which she often depicts anthropomorphized foods. The artist’s painting style is smooth and detailed, with bright colors that harken to vintage advertising illustrations.

A painting of a humanized orangeOrange Juice, acrylic on canvas

In our previous feature of Cindy’s adorable anthropomorphized foods, we looked particularly at her cartoons, and snacks, condiments, and other edibles imbued with given human characteristics. I’m strangely drawn to these cute foods – they seem innocent, yet perhaps because of the blend of subject matter they also have a slightly creepy sensibility that reminds me of some of the works of illustrative painters like Megan Majewski.

A screen capture of Cindy Scaife's art


Cindy also works on a commission basis, and some of her commissioned works are available for viewing on her portfolio website. A couple of these paintings, of dogs and human subjects, showcase the artist’s talent for straightforward realism, a revelation that makes her cartoon images seem all the more inviting. I can start to see small detailed elements in each of the artist’s works that speak to an eye for photographic detail, even when painting faces on food, flowers, and trees.

A painting of an old womanPortrait, acrylic on panel

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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