Still life paintings are about stuff.
Stuff in paintings / painting stuff recalls more stuff: stuff in real life, stuff in still life, other stuff in other paintings.
Stuff in paintings / painting stuff means something. Stuff means stuff.
Beautiful, in such circumstances, does not mean much.
Didn’t want to make paintings about stuff, wanted to see what stuff would look like next to other stuff.
Wanted to observe stuff, then paint it. Didn’t want to make mannered paintings.
Wanted memories of stuff to resurface in the painting, in the paintings.
1. white china mug
3. cricket ball
4. pine cone
5. wooden bowl
I played around with a lamp.
5-minute timer: 5 minutes to observe; 5 minutes to paint.
5 minutes isn’t a long time.
5 objects to pin down, 5 objects to plot out in paint.
5 minutes of looking at stuff that won’t move. Still stuff. Apathetic stuff.
5 minutes to observe became 5 minutes to plot, plan, prepare for paint.
5 minutes to paint became 5 minutes to
Still stuff still paint still
On the Apathy of Inanimate Objects, as installed within Stillness exhibition, held at Bloc Projects, Sheffield, January 2015
(Oil on card, 13 x 8cm) ; (Pastel and chalk on paper, 14 x 10cm)
Price list available on request - please use contact form provided
See also http://www.blocprojects.co.uk/supported_projects/stillness/ (link opens in new tab)