When French chocolatier Frank Richard makes chocolates, he dislikes using artificial colours. He prefers to find interesting shades in chocolate or in fillings, such as the little piece of green lemongrass decorating his white chocolate Mother’s Day squares.
But for his super creation, all restraint went out the window. It’s a carnival of colour, much like its inspiration, Vincent van Gogh’s self-portrait.
Frank began his creation in white chocolate, building up the shape.
Adding the colour was the most challenging part. Frank wanted to evoke the brushstrokes and vibrant, jarring shades of van Gogh. He built up the bright shades in coloured chocolate.
The sculpture, done for Frank’s employer, Philippe’s Chocolates on Great North Road, is a nod to French culture. Van Gogh’s iconic style is synonymous with the Provence he loved. It’s also an announcement of this talented chocolatier’s arrival in New Zealand.
What would you make?
If you could recreate an artwork in chocolate, what would it be? How would New Zealand artists like Dick Frizell or Charles F. Goldie look in chocolate? Leave a comment to share your thoughts.
See the chocolate Vincent on display in the window of Philippe’s French patisserie and chocolate shop on Great North Road.