Spoon art is often depicted in art for its preparatory qualities. Works such as 'Sunday Dinner' by Chariklia Zarris is a pop art depiction of this culinary usage, although other more traditional representations such as 'Kitchen Tools' by Simon Parr are also common. This form of spoon art also has the most versatility out of this art category since it can represent tablespoons, teaspoons, measuring spoons, and stirring spoons, all of which have different shapes, sizes, and purposes.
Like forks, the use of spoons in art is also prevalent as a symbol of eating exotic or fine cuisine. Because of this, vintage artwork portraying other culinary cultures, such as French or Italian cuisine, is common. These artworks are highly detailed and are the most obviously sophisticated type of spoon art because of their subtle color palettes and attention to detail.
Spoon art featuring beverages is the most common example of this category, although generally the utensil isn't the primary subject of these works. They are also the type of artwork most often used in cafes and restaurants because of the warm, friendly atmosphere that these works generally employ in their color schemes and content. These works can be as expressive as 'Morning Java I' by Gina Ritter or as festively exuberant as 'Italian Latte' by Jennifer Brinley. The purpose of this artwork is to make the viewer feel the comfort and companionship that these beverages symbolize, rather than showcase a particular object in the scene.