Artist Statement: Still life painting came of age in the 17th Century but tended to fall into two categories; the “rustic” and the “sumptuous”. This painting follows the rustic trend which was developed by the Spanish School and usually depicted common objects often found within a kitchen. Many still lifes were contained within a larger figure composition (Velazquez) but often retained as much prominence as the figures. Today we have the luxury of a variety and intensity of pigments allowing us to achieve glowing colours such as the oranges depicted.
For those interested, the “sumptuous” category refers to the paintings of the Dutch upper class who displayed their wealth by depicting sumptuous table settings often displaying the remains of an extensive feast complete with silver and glass vessels of wine. I’ve even seen a painted fly perched on discarded food.
It was said that there were so many paintings hanging on the walls that there was no need for wall paper. Such was the wealth.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 30.5 x 30.5 cms
CHG Directors Statement: It's hard to make a past comparison with any Australian artist who has the diversification, depth of art training, skills and breadth of art interest Bruce Rowland possesses. Furthermore, he has studied, taught, refined and developed a professionalism across so many mediums. Arguably there hasn't been an artist since Norman Lindsay who has the scope of art skill across so many media as Bruce Rowland. Apart from that, he is prepared to convey and share his artistic knowledge with anyone who shares an enthusiasm with art and art history. His art was acknowledged with a major survey exhibition of his artworks at the Newcastle Region Art Gallery in 2007.
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