Billy Vanilli has quickly become known for his hyper-real paintings depicting decadent and somewhat sensual food scenes. The Melbourne-based creative has already been featured in several exhibitions – despite only picking up a paintbrush formally in 2019!
Today he unveils his new solo exhibition, ‘Buffet’, at Oigall Projects in Fitzroy, Melbourne. As with most of his works, ‘Buffet’ is a feast of 15 food-inspired oil paintings that explore desire, nostalgia and consumption.
Billy says, ‘I’m very fortunate to live with a partner who is an amazing cook and very knowledgeable in the world of food and art history. I’ve learned a lot from her, like culinary wonders I didn’t know existed. A lot of the ideas spark just from talking, eating, watching or cooking food together (still working on that last one).’
It seems very fitting, then, that tonight’s exhibition opening will also feature a mouth-watering food installation by Billy’s partner, Simone (of Seasonal Simone), who has promised a decadent lamington tower and toffee curtains.
‘Buffet’ by Billy Vanilli
122 Gertrude St Fitzroy VIC
20 October – 6 November
Opening event, Thursday 20 October
6pm – 9pm