The Art Wall

Charcoal chef portraits on the wall in the dining room

by Central Park portrait artist, Ren

  Photo by Emily Andrews.  View the New York magazine article and slideshow   here , by Wendy Goodman .

Photo by Emily Andrews.  View the New York magazine article and slideshow here, by Wendy Goodman.

 
 

Murray and I found Ren one day while he was working in Central Park.  Murray had him do my portrait as a test.  We were pleased with the result and decided to commission him for (40) portraits.  

 

He did it.  

They are stunning in person.

Who's Who?


Vitrine 4

Himalayan Salt Shard

Photo by Emily Andrews.  View the New York magazine article and slideshow here, by Wendy Goodman.

This bad boy became a six month process- from proposing the idea, to sourcing it all over the world, to finding a rigger, to finishing the rope detail.  The giant salt shard is a fragment from a whole strata of salt, organically presented as if hoisted from the mine, and historically tied to its roots in the earth.

 The shard represents the essential role

salt plays in one's diet.

Simply stated, it is elemental.

 The salt shard with chefs Erik Anderson and Linton Hopkins underneath.  Image from the New York Times, click through to see the article.

The salt shard with chefs Erik Anderson and Linton Hopkins underneath.  Image from the New York Times, click through to see the article.

Himalayan salt shard; 62" long, 1395 lbs.


Vitrine 7

Chef's Cabinet of Curiosities

A cabinet conceived to present the featured Food & Wine "Best New Chefs" personal items, from nostalgia to cutlery.