Micro-Food Art

21 Jul 2014
2 min read
Hasan Kale – master of painting on tiny objects – talks to us about his incredible talent…

Hasan Kale, a well known microartist,involved in painting since his early childhood, began hiscareer by drawing miniatures in Istanbul. The artist tries to interpret miniature art with a contemporary eye. He paints on things we see,are exposed to or ignorein our daily lives like a rice, a nail, a silk cacoon, a needle, a buttterflywing. Hasan Kale considers these microworksas a turning point in his career. “Things weusually see can turn into something invisible” he says.

What is your artistic background?

I began painting when I was five years old. I begin classical miniature painting in ’80s. Afterwards, I decided to interpret my own world with miniature but in a different perspective.

What inspires your work?

Everything. Especially my love to my hometown: Istanbul.

How did you become to be interested in painting miniatures on food?

Twenty years ago, I saw that how tiny I coulddraw. I just took a challenge.

How do you choose your canvas, and your landscape?

I gather objects which appealme. I collect them on my table. When I feel it’s time, I begin to paint on them.

​How long does each painting take?

It doesn’t end quickly. Sometimes it takes two days, sometimes a few months. It depends on the object and the composition.

What kind of paint do you use and why?

I use my own mixes. Usually water-based paints.

Do you have any food that you find very hard to work with?

They all have their own difficulties. Some objects absorb a lot of paint, some objects absorb less. That’s why Ihave to concentrate more.

What projects are you working on at the moment?

I’m preparing for Guinness Records. I want to paint panaromic view of Istanbul on a hair. I’m also planning to open a microart museum. Plus, I’m reviewing exhibition requestsabroad.

What is the smallest food you’ve painted on?

Fig seed, kiwi seed, mustard seed.

​If you could go anywhere in the world to paint a landscape where would it be?

It could be Italy, Japan, Egypt or United States.

​What do you do with your paintings once they are complete – do you have to preserve them in a specific way?

First thing I do just grab a cup of coffee and look at the final piece. Then I take a photo and frame it. For some objects I use lac.