A Dozen Dynamic Donuts by April Walters
8"x10" ($24) | 11"x14" ($60) | 16"x20" ($240) | 24"x30" ($1200)
This newsletter should probably come with a warning. [Caution: contents may cause acute craving for fried confections.] But we figured it was only fair if you had to suffer alongside us.
Our growing collection of April Walters’ donut watercolors continues to stir up mixed emotions. Should we be resolute in objectively appreciating the artistry of her editions? Should we luxuriate in her sumptuous use of color and lush brushstrokes? Should we marvel at her ability to hover between realistic rendering and fantasy image-making? Should we stare and salivate? Should we leave the room, head down the block, purchase a dozen donuts and consume them on the street corner? So many questions.
Today’s neat display of circular delights is arranged in three tidy rows of four—a lovely, orderly counterpart to the artist's A Pile of Twisted and Bob’s Giant Donut. Each enticing sphere in this image is topped by a range of tasty treasures, just abstract enough to engage the imaginations of onlookers. Is that powdered sugar, creamy glaze, nutty goodness? It’s an assortment only a donut pro could dream up. Having sampled, documented and depicted the puffy pastries from over forty Bay Area doughnutteries, it’s safe to say Walters is a certified authority on the subject.
Walters' work dignifies the humble donut one luscious loop at a time. Each fried dough tableau becomes a bewitching work of art, going beyond capturing the golden brown charisma of her sweet subjects—her prints reverberate with the pure pleasure of tucking into a delectable donut. If nothing else, an edition that produces this much mouth watering has earned its keep in visceral effect on the viewer.
Bonus: Walters’ batter-born beauties would make a sweet treat for your sweet heart this Valentine’s Day. Just be sure to place your order by 11:59pm ET this coming Sunday 2/5 for guaranteed arrival by the 14th.
With art for everyone,
Jen Bekman + Team 20x200