ARTS & CULTURE
11/13/2012 03:55 pm ET

Tjalf Sparnaay's Photorealistic Food Paintings Will Make Your Stomach Growl (PHOTOS)

Warning: Don't look at these photos without something delicious on hand to immediately consume. The pain will be too great.

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Netherlands-born artist Tjalf Sparnaay has been creating jaw-dropping, mouth-watering photorealistic paintings since 1987. His meticulous renderings convey reality as convincingly as a photograph. The singed edges of a fried egg, the wilted lettuce in an over-dressed salad, the rogue crumbs of a ham sandwich... no detail goes ignored.

Aside from his culinary canvasses, Sparnaay creates equally spot-on depictions of more traditional still-life fare: fall leaves, dishware, other pieces of art -- in this case, "Girl with a Pearl Earring" -- all make an appearance. Recreating the Vermeer classic is clearly no biggie for Sparnaay, who even paints in the illusion of crinkled plastic shrink-wrap surrounding the painting to prove he can up the challenge a few notches.

We asked the artist, who we spotted on the Daily Mail, why food plays such a starring role in his portfolio. "It offers a lot of possibillities to show craftmanship, light, texture and metaphors," he told us. We'd like to add that it also makes us want a burger, so, there's that.

Check out the deliciously realistic artwork below and let us know how you think Sparnaay's work compares to previous HuffPost photorealist hot shots.

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