Not so still life and interiors

Tuesday 26 September 2017

By Melanie Cooper
Adelaide

About this Curation

Traditionally, the still life ranked among the lowest of genres in Western art because it did not revolve around the human subject. Still life paintings included formal arrangements of inanimate or dead objects including fruit and vegetables, shells, animals, bottles, vases and so on. These compositions often reflected on the brevity of life or, on the other hand, on abundance in nature.

With the rise of Modernism, artists used still life subjects and interior settings as the testing ground for exploring radical new ideas in representation and technique. The works featured here have been produced in the same spirit as their artistic forebears as images that encourage viewers to take a closer look at the inspiring potential of the every day.

About the Curator

Melanie is a visual artist and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide where she recently graduated with a phD in Art History. She writes academic articles for publication and reviews for online journals including Verso-MMXVI, Fine Print and Cerae: Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Serving on a number of academic and editorial committees, Melanie is an active member of the arts community.

180cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Oil Paint
$4,900
49cm (W) x 56cm (H)
Print
$220
30.5cm (W) x 30.5cm (H)
Oil Paint
$830
61cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Print
$380
30cm (W) x 25cm (H)
Oil Paint
$360
95cm (W) x 125cm (H)
Oil Paint
$3,300
31cm (W) x 41cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$360
120cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Oil Paint
$1,300
61cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$480
34cm (W) x 51cm (H)
Drawings
$110
100cm (W) x 150cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$2,900
45.5cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Oil Paint
$640
20cm (W) x 25cm (H)
Oil Paint
$330
120cm (W) x 80cm (H)
Other Media
$1,350
75cm (W) x 75cm (H)
Oil Paint
$1,950
50cm (W) x 70cm (H)
Oil Paint
$2,850