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Denise Stewart – Sanabria

Denise Stewart-Sanabria is known for her hyperrealistic food “portraits” of everything from produce to subversive jelly donuts. The anthropomorphic narratives are often reflections of human behavior. The collection of large-scale food narratives are filled with a vibrant color palette and detailed patterns shown within intricate backdrops. You’ll notice one of her signature styles includes detailed reflections in the foreground of the painting. Although her paintings look extremely realistic, she still intentionally keeps a painterly warmth within her creations.

Born in Massachusetts, Denise earned her BFA from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her work is included in various museums, private and corporate collections including the Tennessee State Museum, The Evansville Museum of Art in Indiana, The Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville Botanical Gardens, and the corporate offices of the McGhee Tyson Airport.

Denise Stewart-Sanabria is represented locally by Mitchell Hill Gallery at 414 King Street.

The Garden of Sucrose

36” x 48”

Photorealistic painting of a cake and other treats

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