Throughout the lockdown I have felt an affiliation with still life subject matter as I have spent a great deal of time pottering in my kitchen at home. Domestic objects have become my focus, inspiring me to paint and fruits started appearing in my compositions as little accents of colour.
I have been observing the Dutch style of painting still life objects. I found this a great solace in lockdown as it makes me much more concentrated on each subject and how best to replicate its fresh delight and symbolism. For example, the condition of the depicted fruit is often allegorical, when fruit portrayals appear to be fresh and ripe, this stands as a symbol of abundance, bounty, fertility, youth and vitality. This can be turned on its head with fruit that is in a state of decay, serving as a reminder of our own undeniable mortality, the inevitability of change and, in some instances, as a reflection of sin and human corruption.
The prosperous ‘Dutch Golden Age’ was largely fostered by this newfound wealth, being reaped from overseas trading and colonial ventures. Exotic luxuries from all over the world poured into Dutch ports, fruits from across the Mediterranean, spices and precious gems from India, tea, silk, and porcelain from China and Japan, and sugar from colonies in Brazil and Guyana.
Dutch still life paintings offer an uncanny perspective on our times, in which globalism and consumer culture seem to be reaching a peak, once again in tandem with one another.
Bowl of Plums acrylic on paper, framed
Size: 21cm h x 30cm w
Price: £125 contact (please include the title of the work)