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Still Life

Contemporary Australian Painters

Amber Creswell Bell



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Thames & Hudson
01 May 2021

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is a splendid showcase of 40 or so contemporary painters working in the still life genre, with beautiful reproductions of a handful of their paintings to give the reader an indication of style and subject matter. Arranged in alphabetical order, there are small essays on their work, inspirations and methods, accompanied by photographic portraits of the artists. Still life is sometimes dismissed as trivial or decorative, but it is in capturing small moments of (often domestic) impermanence that can lead to thoughtful meditations on bigger themes. And personally, if the paintings are beautiful as well, I can't see anything wrong with that! From the photo-realist to the impressionistic, from the minutely detailed to the broad swathe of energetic brushstrokes, this covers a wide variety of techniques. And whilst there are many examples of the usual subjects - flowers, containers, fruit - there are also interiors, tools and remnants of meals. I've discovered some new favourites, and whilst I will never own any of the paintings, at least I can enjoy this book!  Lindy

'A collection of objects, no matter how mundane, tells a story. They are like a little world; you can get lost in them.' - John Bokor Still Life explores the diverse practices of more than forty contemporary Australian artists and documents a repertoire of styles, subjects, visions and philosophies. Alongside flowers and food - mainstays of the genre - the works within these pages also incorporate objects such as books and beer cans, birds and balloons, adding energy and intrigue to both the composition and the story revealed. This book captures the inanimate beauty of the everyday in a distinctly Australian context, and offers a meditation on human experience and the brevity of life.
By:   Amber Creswell Bell
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 297mm,  Width: 219mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   1.710kg
ISBN:   9781760760977
ISBN 10:   1760760978
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   01 May 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Amber Creswell Bell is a Sydney-based arts, design and lifestyle writer, and curator. With a passion for art, Amber champions emerging and unrepresented artists, curating popular exhibitions both independently and in collaboration with well-established commercial galleries. Her first book, Clay (2016), published by Thames & Hudson, showcases contemporary ceramic artisans from Australia and abroad. Her second book, A Painted Landscape (2018), profiles the diverse work of 50 of Australia's landscape painters.

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