His food may be a work of art but Antonio Carluccio, the godfather of Italian cuisine in London is also passionate about painting and has just been appointed a patron of one of Britain’s oldest art societies - The Royal Institute of Oil Painters.Antonio who has been awarded the Commendatore OMRI by the President of Italy for services to Italian gastronomy, the equivalent of a British knighthood. was awarded also an honorary OBE in the UK.
On Tuesday December 7 He will officially open the ROI’s annual exhibition at London’s Mall Galleries.
Antonio, himself a keen painter, last year had his portrait painted by more than 50 artists simultaneously at the ROI’s Art Event evening.
Here's a picture of Antonio and ROI President Peter Wileman at last year's art event evening
ROI President Peter Wileman commented: “Food and painting have always gone together. A good meal stimulates the visual senses as well as the taste buds and that’s why I’m not surprised that Antonio is no mean artist himself. We are delighted to welcome him as a patron”
Carluccio joins former government minster Michael Portillo and actress Maureen Lipman as patrons of the ROI.
The ROI’s 123rd annual exhibition featuring more than 260 paintings is open to the public from December 8 -19. At the Mall Galleries, The Mall near Trafalgar Square.
The ROI is the only major art society dedicated to oil painting. The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, was founded in 1882, and was granted royal status by King Edward VII in 1909.
Famous artists of the past who have shown their work in ROI exhibitions in the past include such as Alma Tadema, Macwhirter, Walter Sickert Sickert, Dame Laura Knight, Fantin Latour, Adrian Hill, Ann Redpath and even Rodin.