He’s busy. He’s teaching. He’s working on new work for Hunter-Wolff Gallery! There’s little downtime in the life of an artist.His name is Greg Custer and like many artists, Greg is happy to let someone else name his paintings. His newest painting (left) is beautiful and deserves a beautiful name. Greg asked that we name his painting so it doesn’t have to hang on the wall called “Still Life”. We are happy to accept ideas from our readers, too.
Did you know that a still life painting is the study of inanimate objects (referred to a nature morte which is a French term meaning dead nature)? Often, the objects are ordinary, everyday objects that anyone might recognize. Still lifes are often groupings that include floral arrangements, fruit, vegetables, kitchenware, and more. But, perhaps even more importantly, a key feature of still life art work is the degree of control that the artist can exercise over the work. The elements that make up a still life are grouped or positioned by the artist. Lighting is also an important element in a still to create a mood. Still life painting can be seen to be a relatively pure, even abstract, form of art.
While still life painting can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, it was only with the Dutch painters of the 17th century that it came into its own as a painting genre. Still life artists of the 19th century such as Cezanne, Renoir, Fantin-Latour and, in the United States, Raphaelle Peale took still life painting in new directions.
Stills remain a popular genre and often found in art collections to some degree. Highly popular Hunter-Wolff Gallery artists who specialize in this genre include Greg Custer, Clifford T. Bailey, Janelle Cox, Justin Clements, and more.
We look forward to learning if you are a collector or fan of still life paintings. Send us your comments.