Still Lives 2020

"These paintings ask the viewer to suspend disbelief and to immerse themselves into the - still living".

"Still-life painting is a curious discipline of observation combined with technical capability. The genre harks back to the middle ages and draws our attention to everyday objects we might find within the domestic setting eg, fruit, crockery, vases, shot game etc. In fact, these ‘still lifes’ invariably have very little ‘life’ left in them at all. In this series of works, I explore the traditional conventions of ‘still life’ painting with just a little more ‘life’ than one is normally accustomed to. These paintings ask the viewer to suspend disbelief and to immerse themselves into the ‘still living’."

Painting of a woman still life figure planted upon a table
Fixed Possessions

120 x 87cm, Oil on Linen bonded to Russian Birch Panel, 2020 

Painting of a male bust ornament with orchids
Still Life

60 x 60cm, Oil on Linen, 2019 

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Painting of a female figure posed over a table with hermit crab and cats
Hermit

120 x 87cm, Oil on Linen bonded to Russian Birch Panel, 2020 

Still life painting of arm resting on a plinth holding keys
Home Base

45 x 60cm, Oil on Linen, 2020 

The story of things. The Guinness mini pen knife bottle opener belonged to my father, it came to me on his death. After 20 or so years, I gave it to his best friend who was a collector of Guinness memorabilia and enjoyed a pint of plain or two. On his death it found its way back to me and will continue to enter and exit doorways.

Forearm with rose and script tattoo with puriri moth attached
Hope

50 x 40cm, Oil on Linen, 2020

Still life painting of a hand sitting on a table making a peace sign
Peace

40 x 40cm, Oil on Linen, 2019

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