“It’s hilarious. I guess it’s kind of coming off as a meme.”
If you’re on Twitter, you’ve probably seen that oil painting of a grilled cheese sandwich…
The sandwiches are the works of Florida-based artist Noah Verrier, and they have taken Twitter by storm. Verrier, who used to be an art professor at Florida State University, has already accumulated over 70,000 followers on the platform and has only been sharing photos of his art for a few months.
Since going viral on Twitter, Verrier has gained a pretty vocal fan base. One user who goes by @devinchyaa joked, “Babe wake up! The new oil painting dropped. Today it’s shrimp!”
Verrier’s art has become so popular, people have even started to make requests for what they want to see next. “Pls do an oil painting of hot wings (all flats) and a nice corona,” @toomfcozy said. Another user, @austin_wilde13, chimed in, “Please do a Crunchwrap supreme and a Baja blast.”
“It’s hilarious. I mean, I guess [my art is] coming off as kind of a meme, because it’s like a classical painting that has technique but then it’s kind of silly stuff like sandwiches,” Verrier told BuzzFeed. “So I think people are just like, put in a loop, you know? And it’s funny, because how can you take that seriously? Put a grilled cheese sandwich in a museum?”
For every painting, Verrier lays out all of his subjects in front him. “It’s called observational painting,” he explained. “I’m like right there, like two feet from it.”
“I grew up learning that it’s very important to work from life — so you’re looking closely, you’re observing things, you’re not just inventing things. You have to develop that skill, to be able to see colors and differences, and that helps if it’s from life,” he added.
Verrier also explained how he chooses what to paint. “I just brainstorm ideas. I just come up with like the top five ideas that I think sound really fun to do,” he said. “It’s whatever comes to my mind. Whatever sounds fun. Just as simple as that, really.”
He also draws inspiration from the objects around him. “I like using items that I’m familiar with, like fast food or, you know, getting flowers from Trader Joe’s or something like that, or just stuff that my kids eat,” he said. “You know, just stuff that’s fun and interesting, not boring.”
Verrier hopes his paintings will continue to make people happy. “I want you to see it and be able to have an experience for a second and be like ‘Hey, that’s really neat,’ or maybe somebody buys a print and then they get to see it every day and put it in their kitchen.”
In the meantime, I’ll be waiting for the next painting to drop on Twitter.