Still life paintings have long been a popular way for artists to experiment with their craft, honing their abilities with exploring how best to present light, tone and shape within a static scene. Some of the world’s best artistic masters have over the centuries produced a great number of still life artwork, and the great artists on Art2Arts also explore this tried and tested format with superb results. Here are a few of our top picks from the Still Life collection.
Three Lemons by Jane Palmer
The simple still life is given new life in this bright oil on canvas piece by Jane Palmer, presented ready to hang. The painting uses rich citrus hues to provide an instant pop of colour which will stand out in any space and draw plenty of admiring glances from fellow art fans. Palmer is relatively new to painting in oils, stating that since 2010 when she bought her first set she’s never looked back. This painting with it’s piercing use of yellow will brighten up any room and catch the eye.
Fruit Table 4 by Irina Rumyantseva
A striking contemporary example of still life art which really turns the idea of the traditional fruit table still life completely on its head. With a definite creative flair which fans of the artists’ work may have come to recognise, this modern abstract still life presents a heavily textured acrylic on canvas work which is truly conversation-starting.
Hickory Dickory Dock by Peter Williams
A delightful, whimsical watercolour painting in rustic hues which nonetheless retain an iridescent sheen. The attention to detail of the painting makes it one to truly spend time exploring in all its depth, and the lamp black background ensures the central colours really pop. The artist lives on the Suffolk coast and says he is consistently inspired by people, places, and life in general.
The Pumpkin and Pitcher by Elizabeth Williams
This oil on box canvas piece uses the sparseness of its subject matter – just two simple items – to successfully draw the eye. With truly clever use of colour and super rendering of shadow and shade, this is a piece where the artist has truly understood the challenges and possibilities of the still life form.
Still Life with Lilies, Vase and Jug by Diana Aungier-Rose
An acrylic on canvas piece with plenty of stunning autumnal colours, this piece would be perfect for brightening any room. The eye is drawn first to the lilies, then to the textured vase and the beautifully-rendered foreground. The mix of colours is warming despite their contrast and you can see how the artist has drawn inspiration through her art from childhood years spent in South Africa.
Scarlet and Black by Louisa Jane Simpson
With a truly impressive use of colour and dimension, Simpson’s oil on canvas artwork plays to the imposing presence of the coffee pot and the comparatively diminutive elements also within the frame to create a wonderfully realised piece. The fruit on the plate really pops once you see it too. Simpson is based in the Midlands and studied art at Derby University.