Pop Artist Perry Milou is proud of his Cento Corporation commission 2014. His pride in his Italian culture has historically been best expressed with his love of his national cuisine: pasta, tomatoes, and all Italian food! He also expresses himself through Pop Art, with Italian and local food delicacies frequently the subject.
The Pop Art series of Campbell’s Soup cans ANDY WARHOL created has always been a personal favorite of the artist’s, who began staring at my pantry cabinet and the CENTO BRAND packaging. Drawn to the colorful design of their tomato cans in particular, which are very bold and beautiful, he could not resist but to start a series called ”Warhol Never Did Cento”. The series is a collection of paintings of Cento products created in a bold Pop Warholian style.
Cento Vice President and marketing guru Maurice Christino reached out to me after seeing my “Crushed Cento” piece on Instagram. The result was an incredible day and tour of the Cento Empire followed by a commission of Cento’s world famous San Marzano’s Tomatoes. Cento Foods was born in Philadelphia in 1966. Today the Italian food mogul boast over 100 products distributed throughout The United States staying abreast as a premier food distribution/importer giant.
The large canvas stands 60/48 inches, painted on linen, using in a bold colors while also incorporating my Fine Pop and Rain Technique, perfectly expressing the ripe juicy Cento tomatoes. Other cans include Garbanzo Beans, Black Olives and Crushed Tomatoes.
THE CONCLUSION: CENTO CORPORATION COMMISSION 2014
Milou has cultivated a great relationship with the Cento corporation and a series of his original paintings are hung in their corporate headquarters. Like Milou, Cento things that great food and great art are two of this life’s best expressions!