Today I feel compelled to talk about a wonderful member of the drinking industry in Los Angeles.
No, he is not a bartender, beverage director or blogger… he is an artist. One I have mentioned in the past, but have reason to bring up again today. I am talking about Matt Talbert.
Matt is an artist from Southern California who currently resides in LA with his lovely wife Ashley and gorgeous new baby Luke.
I have always loved art, both viewing the works of others and also creating my own. My mother is an artist, and most of my family is creative in one way or another. It’s because of this I feel I have an appreciation for artistic skill that not everyone seems to share and seeing as truly great artists are few and far between these days, I believe the great ones need to be acknowledged because they are a vital part of any community.
Matt Talbert is an exceptionally talented artist, in his own right, but he has made it to my food and drink blog because of his incredible skills in being able to capture bar images. He has painted a number of relevant bartenders in the LA scene, including Aidan Demarest, Mindy Kucan and Jason Schiffer…. to name a few. The detail in which he captures facial expressions is wonderful, but his works of glassware and alcohol are my particular favorites. I love how he captures glass and fluids so realistically.
I bought one of his pieces last year entitled “Double Strained” (which is the pink drink in the series of images below) I still adore this painting, however I wanted to show off my most recent purchase of his work.
Matt created the oil painting (below) of my boyfriend, Beverage director and bar man Greg Bryson, and myself (complete with the FussyOne Clover Club) in April this year. I love it so much that I felt the need to show all my followers too! For those who know him, he has captured Greg perfectly (the intense concentration when shaking is a definite Greg feature) and my loving gaze as I watch the love of my life work, many would say is pretty accurate too!
Matt is an artist I am always willing to talk about. The more works he creates the more impressed I am. Check out his other paintings (not just cocktail themed) at his website www.talbertart.com.
I believe Matt is on his way to being a World wide success and if you have the opportunity to buy one of his works whilst they’re still affordable… I say, do it!