While Rick Bayless is dabbling in theater and writing, Jacques Pépin is showcasing his art talent with a retrospective at a Connecticut gallery.
Art Essex gallery on 10 Main Street in Essex, Conn., will be showcasing Pépin's watercolors, ink washes, and collages until Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. The reception is this Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., for locals wishing to get a glimpse of the Emmy-winning chef's works.
Some of the pieces have been used as illustrations for Pépin's cookbooks, but gallery owner George Billis points out menu paintings, including "A lesson in Economy," "Nearly Vegetarian," "Cooking Like a Pro," and "Cuisine d'Amour." The latter, we imagine, would be perfect for Valentine's day.
Other works include Wayne Thiebaud-esque sketches of cakes and desserts, plus city collages and watercolor fishes. Check out some works below, then head over to Art Essex Gallery's site for more (the works, for you fancy Pépin fans, are on sale).
Jacques Pépin, Cuisine d'Amour Menu, 1996, $950.
Jacques Pépin, After the Holidays Menu, 1996, $950