We were recently introduced to Matt Talbert, a California-based artist with an affinity for cocktails. He’s channeled his love for art and drinks into representational oil paintings that capture bar scenes and the craft cocktail movement. One look at his paintings and it’s evident that he knows his stuff. Rather than martini glasses and olives, Talbert portrays a deconstructed Aviation, a bartender pouring Cynar or a barkeep staring down a bottle of Bols Genever and Carpano Antica.
That’s our kind of art.
We’ve included some of our favorites below, and more of Talbert’s work can be seen on his website. If you’re interested in purchasing an original painting to spruce up your home or bar, check out his online shop.
My current series revolves around my fascination with the growing craft cocktail movement in America. Whether I am painting a cocktail, a figure or a cityscape, my core motivation is to capture the seemingly normal moments in life, that upon a closer look become extraordinary. — Matt Talbert