An American candy maker whose name has been lost in time invented the jelly bean back in the late 18th century. Even though it took a while before the descendants of Jelly Belly founders Albert and Gustav Goelitz together with a Los Angeles marketing guru created the original gourmet jelly bean in 1976. I am sure neither of them imagined their popular sweets to be used for brilliant artworks.
Painter and illustrator Kristen Cumings lives in Martinez, California. She created several replicates from world-famous paintings and photographs using thousands of jelly beans. Some of her for works are shown as part of the Jelly Belly Candy Company corporate collection. Just to give you a glimpse of the work behind this kind of art: Kristen used 15,000 jelly beans for her Mona Lisa masterpiece and she needed approximately 10,000 jelly beans (25-35 different colors! I didn´t even know that there were that many flavors…and we are just talking about brownish ones here…) and a total of 100 hours to finish the grizzly bear project. Wow! Anyway, I love this kind of art and here are my personal favorites by Kristen Cumings.
Make Sure You Know Jelly Bean Artist Kristen Cumings
One of the first notable jelly bean artists and self-proclaimed king of jelly bean art is Peter Rocha. Together with his nephew Roger, he created some really impressive portraits I would like to share with you.
Make Sure You Know Jelly Bean Artists Peter and Roger Rocha
Since I could not find Peter Rocha´s website (if there is one, please let me know!), the pictures shown in the gallery are screenshots taken from the Jelly Belly Art Gallery.