Dawn Beckles breathes new life into the genre through her jewel-toned hues and stylistic subversion of the three-dimensional form. Beckles’ paints many of her objects as flat and two-dimensional with clean Art Deco lines, uniting playful colours with classic composition.
Viacheslav Rogin work ranges from traditional still life, with hypnotic depth and shadowing, to more abstract interpretations. In Still Life #75 a collection of bottles, short spouted and wide, appear in muted colours and softened outlines, immortalising a brooding ambience so hard to capture.
In 2017 Christian Furr was the youngest artist to ever paint the Queen, now he aims to express the full expanse of human emotion through still life. Furr centres a different cheese in each still life, from a weeping wheel of Coeur de Neufchatel to a delicately foiled slice of Dairly Lea. Through his work, Furr forces his audience to consider the beauty in the everyday.
When the subject matter of a painting is inanimate or unmoving it is called a still life. The genre emerged as a recognised, independent style of painting during the Renaissance, but had existed for much longer. Although still life was first established in the sixteenth century, the genre’s exclusion of a human subject meant it was widely regarded as a menial ancillary to the study of composition. Today, still life is one of the most popular painting genres in the West thanks to artists like Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse and Georgia O’Keeffe. The delicacy of form and masterful use of light typical in the genre makes still life paintings a fantastic choice when wanting to add an element of sophistication and luxury to a space.