This month’s featured gallery is Still Life. A still life is a collection of inanimate objects depicted in an artistic composition and is a genre that has always been a staple for artists. Setting up a still life is an exercise in composition. Painting or photographing the composition is an exercise in technique. The result of these efforts is a work of art. Throughout the month of January, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s still life artists.
In the early years of my art career I didn’t paint still life, I painted landscapes and people. My attraction to still life came about initially through geographic relocation and enforced confinement to my house due to extreme weather conditions. The people in my house were also not willing to sit still as long as a piece of fruit, a vase of flowers or a teacup and saucer. Further, I love the absolute control I have over elements such as lighting, cast shadows, colour palette and textures. My current works in still life are largely representational and aesthetic rather than delivering symbolic messages about material decay and the futility of worldly life exhibited by 17th century Vanitas or Memento Mori paintings. Although, I find that as I continue to grow in my art, I am looking to incorporate more meaning and gesture rather than merely making pretty paintings. I try to live a simple life, but endeavour to share my vision with others of how the simple, everyday things we take for granted can also become the beautiful. – Colleen Brown
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