British art meets British food, culminating in the release of a limited edition hand-finished print signed by British chef, Tom Kerridge and West Contemporary British artist, Robi Walters.The original artwork, commissioned by Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, is made of hundreds of menus sent in by foodies from around the world after Tom posted menu requests on social media. Tom also helped create the piece with Robi by adding petals to the artwork.
Contemporary art dealers, West Contemporary, run by Liam West, represent an exceptional roster of predominantly British mid-career artists across sculpture, painting and mixed media. They conceived the British food-meets-art concept for the ‘ROBI X TOM’ project with Tom Kerridge, when they were asked by Tom to curate the art wall for Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, which opened September 2018 at the Corinthia Hotel, in Knightsbridge, London.
Contemporary mixed media artist, Robi Walters is well known for his collage pieces based on sacred geometry and the shape of the thousand petal lotus. Tom Kerridge was overwhelmed when he received two postal sacks full of menus and letters from people around the world recounting their memories from the restaurants. Robi then cut out petals from the menus, along with coloured papers to form the ‘My Generation - Best of British’ which is on permanent display at Kerridge’s Bar & Grill. Art and food lovers can get their hands on a hand-finished limited edition print for £750, or £1000 framed, and signed by both Tom Kerridge and Robi Walters.
Tom Kerridge: “It has been great to work with the public and food lovers from around the world on this project! I was overwhelmed with all the personal stories sent in, along with a wide variety of restaurant menus. This project has connected the public with my love of food and Robi Walters’ art, and along with West Contemporary, it has given Kerridge’s Bar & Grill a fantastic edge to kickstart its first chapters, since it opened at the Corinthia hotel last year.”
Robi Walters: “The amount of care, craftsmanship and love that goes into Tom’s food echoes the process of my art making. My work is all about transforming energy and materials into new and powerful configurations. So when Tom and Liam asked me to create pieces using people’s keepsake menus for Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, I was inspired and excited! I love that people are sitting around a table made of others’ food memories and creating new ones of their own."