Still Life – Acrylic on Canvas
(0.5m x 0.6m)
Upon a plinth sits a paper sculpture, its crumpled and textured walls curved around on themselves to create a free-standing structure. Dependent on scale it could be a castle or a fortress with a circular top and a diagonal opening that is suggestive of the walls of a canyon drawing you into the interior. Alternatively, it could be a king’s crown folded from precious metals and exhibited as an artefact from an ancient civilization.
Either way we are aware of the reality of the form and the impermanence of the materials creating an intriguing visual and cognitive conflict.
This work is one of a series of paintings of paper sculptures that explore the balance between the minimalism of the set up and the realism of the technique. The sculptures themselves arose through the random manipulation of paper in search of shapes and forms, either structural or organic, and which by virtue of a sense of movement or tension, appeared to be more than the sum of their parts. This tension and movement within the confines of classical still life’s is something that I have returned to again and again in my work as can be seen in the painting’s sycamore leaf and the shell.
The challenge with this piece arose from the quantity of detailed shadow and the subtle colour differences that come from working with a single material.
To me this piece conveys a peculiar power. A sense that the set up though by its very nature is transient, at this moment has shape, a solidity of form and beauty. It is the embracing of this transience and change that links it to my other series such as The Autumn Paintings, although here the mood is one defiance that boldly states its right to be
I hope you enjoy this painting as much as I enjoyed the whole process of creating it.
This painting is available to buy either unframed for £750
or framed for £1100
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