I was at Faber and Faber the other day and it was time for a lunch break. Pub lunch just didn’t feel like the ticket today, so it was off to Starbucks for a short latte and some sort of simple sandwich. The shop was crowded, and being just opposite the British Museum, one of London’s busiest coffee shops. I placed my order and waited for the Barista to make that perfect cup of coffee when I looked up and saw this amazing row of decorated Starbucks Cups. Me, never minding my own business, asked the Barista, what’s with the cups?
What a wonderful surprise to learn that my hardworking Barista was none other than the artist! This discovery just made my day.
Gabriel, who at first I thought was about 20 at the most, is a French artist, and just cracking that age mark of 40. I want what he has! Never fading youth! His amazing drawings are natural talent as he only study art for a year! Mind you that was when he was around 12 years of age.
Gabriel is an amazing Barista and how lucky Starbucks is to have him! He loves to see the happiness on the customer’s face when he offers them a personalised cup! It’s quite a challenge to draw these cups as he not drawing on a flat surface, and that curve has to be taken into account! These are just a few of his cups! When you get tired of staring at Mummies and Greek Statues in the fantastic British Museum, pop into the Starbucks just across the road, and if you are lucky, you’ll discover that your Barista not only makes fabulous coffee, but is also an amazing artist!
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Photographs supplied courtesy of Gabriel and all the art work on these cups belong to the artist.