Cindy Scaife

Cindy Scaife


Food for Thought

The connection between a healthy diet and our brain health is the concept behind Cindy Scaife’s artwork. Foods rich in omega-3 fats, vitamin B and other nutrients greatly contribute to the overall health of our brains. As her artwork often focuses on the history of food items, she saw this topic as a perfect fit with her anthropomorphic style. The "super food" broccoli is joined by avocado, walnut and others for a day out.

About The Artist

Born and raised in Toronto, artist Cindy Scaife is an alumna of the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University). She has worked as a full-time professional artist, muralist and art educator for more than 25 years and has a wide range of private, residential, commercial and corporate clients.

A career highlight was working with acclaimed American artist Frank Stella for more than seven years in Toronto, New York and Houston producing large scale murals. These works went to international galleries and museums in Japan, Germany, Torontoʼs Princess of Wales Theatre and other locations.

Scaife creates her solo artwork within the Pop Surrealist style. She is greatly influenced by the art, design and advertising illustrations of the atomic age. Drawing heavily from the colour palette and optimism of this era, her work reflects its own nostalgia and innocence. She often creates anthropomorphic figures within her pieces, which reflect her personal appreciation for classic children’s picture books, retro toys and product mascots of the 1950s and ‘60s.

Scaife’s paintings reflect her own affection for history and sense of belonging while appealing to the viewerʼs sense of place through nostalgia. She recently had her first U.S. solo exhibit at Chicago’s Rotofugi Gallery. The show “Sweet Home Chicago” celebrated the city’s rich candy history.

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