I recently came across the work of London-based illustrator Tom Sewell and loved his weird mastery of both gradients and food-related imagery. Tom’s work is an exuberant mix of hard-edged graphic elements and processed photographs that has a unique and contemporary vibe with an odd sense of humor.
This selection of Tom’s work has an interesting tinge of nostalgia that I can’t quite pin down, but may have something to do with the solarized food photos that remind me of something between an old print ad from a magazine in the 80s and early 20th-century surrealist photography. The color sensibility and representational imagery in these compositions remind me of a weirder and less kitschy version of the kind of stuff you’d find on a Trapper Keeper in the early 90s. I mean that in the most reverent way possible; I’d still carry one if I had a floppy plastic binder that looked this cool. Check out more of Tom’s work here.