The genre of still life painting has been practiced for centuries. While at first glance such works may seem static representations of common objects, they are really much more. In creating a still life work, the artist has complete artistic control. Objects are chosen for color, texture, shape and even for symbolic reference. Lighting and composition are intensely important in creating a compelling work that is at once believable and arresting. In the recent resurgence of classical modes of painting, many artists are returning to a simple delight in capturing the beauty of the commonplace things that surround us; to succeed in doing so, they must have command of all aspects of the visual language that is art.
These images are a representative, not exhaustive, sampling of the works we have in this category.