When you think of toast you tend
to picture it with jam, maybe some marmalade or perhaps an egg on top.
certainly don't expect the sale of it to fetch thousands of pounds - unless you're
artist Lennie Payne.
A blowtorch, a loaf of bread and a knife is all
Lennie needs to create his toast art.
In the past three years he's sold
six pieces to different collectors at £2,000 a piece.
it, it just gives me a buzz. It's creative, a new medium," says Payne.
and butter work
Inside Out meets art critic of 30 years, David
Lee, who oversees Payne's creative process and critiques his final creations when
he presents them at his first viewing at a West End gallery.
was all about raising Lennie's profile as an artist, showing a variety of his
early to present pieces.
Toast art is still catching on and so Lennie
works as a painter and decorator for a living.
"You've got to earn
your bread and butter somehow," says Lennie.
Lennie hopes, however,
that eventually he'll be able to work as an artist full time.
however, been problems in using an edible canvas.
When Lennie sent a portrait
of Ian Dury away to be framed for an exhibition, he received a panicky phone call
from the framer saying mice had nibbled three pieces of the toast.
Mice aren't the only ones that find Lennie's work tasty!
Art collector Nick Green dished out £1,800 for one of Payne's creations.
He liked the piece as soon as he saw it and it now hangs proudly in his
living room above the family couch.
Lennie Payne's original use of bread
shows how art can come in many different shapes and sizes.
art work copyright of Lennie Payne.
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