Acrylic, 40x30 inches, 2019
Far from being "simple", most folks reaction is "WTF kind of chips are these?" This crazy barbecue/ ketchup/ salt & vinegar combo is particular to Canada, and yes, very addictive. Doubling-down on the Canadiana, I had to depict the "No Name" generic Canadian (non) brand variety.
Acrylic, 48x324 inches, 2019
These days, you'll find these skinny, simulated hickory-smoke flavour potato chips on the unloved lower shelves of your local corner store. They are the last major product from Hostess, formerly Canada's #1 potato chip brand, now a local Frito-Lay sub-something…
Acrylic, 30x30 inches, 2018
This depicts Korea's favourite noodle soup (shin ramyun) and what's not to love? Crazy colours, variable boundaries, printed & actual reflections, cartoon characters, multiple languages, and all made in the USA.
Acrylic, 24x24 inches, 2019
Lucky Candy (利是糖) is given away during Lunar New Year to wish people luck & prosperity. Not sure on the history of these, but round here, they are all strawberry-flavoured with red wrappers.
Acrylic, 40x30 inches, 2018
Old Dutch ketchup chips is another one of these everyday Canadian icons, produced by a Manitoba firm since the 50s & one of these flavours that never quite made it down to the States.
Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2018
This depicts a Tunnock's teacake, a chocolate-covered mallow, wrapped in tinfoil. It is much-loved in Scotland, but the kind of thing I scorned when I actually lived there. Now living in Canada, I have to admit a nostalgic weakness for them.…
Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2017
Almost everyone I know loves Cheezies, but as a Canadian icon it is slightly under the radar, so I thought it would be a fun subject. I loved the challenge of capturing the intense colours and light reflections of the packet.