Painting a still life is a time-honored painting genre that dates back to the time of the Flemish and Dutch masters of the Renaissance. While their contemporaries in the Latin countries were busy with religious and humanistic themes, the masters of the Northern countries perfected the art of depicting secular themes and creating meaningful paintings by means of skilful composition and realistic depictions. “First Still Life Painting, a work of acrylic on canvas, is Kim Vale’s take on this venerable tradition.
“First Still Life Painting” depicts a wine bottle, a carafe, a couple of fruits and an empty liquor bottle with a red cover on its side. These items are arranged on a yellow cloth against a background of deep blue and purple. Because a still life painting cannot appeal to human interest in order to create an emotional response in the viewer, it must do so by working with more abstract concepts to produce the desired effect – with color, composition, texture, and light. This painting is reasonably successful in catching the eye, thanks to the interesting shapes and strong colors found in it.
This painting is quite modern in its feel, as it doesn’t seek to represent each object perfectly as much as it tries to give a feel of festiveness and brightness that is slightly reminiscent of the work of masters like Cezanne and Matisse. The yellow in the tablecloth contrasts brightly with the blues and purples in the background, while the fluorescent orange and green fruit that lie amongst the drinking vessels are an almost jarring yet eye-catching note in the very centre of the canvas. In the meantime, there is an interesting, almost ghostly glow in the glass of the bottle in the foreground that sets off the greenish-coppery tones in the carafe at the back. Taken as a whole, the painting is visually appealing and memorable enough – it’s a still life, but it manages to be quite dynamic.
This “First Still Life Painting” is a laudable effort by an artist who seems to have an instinct for colors and arrangements that catch the eye. If you’d like to see more artwork like this or even offer to buy this unique painting, stop by Chings Resto-Kaffee at the Jade Dragon’s Suites, one of the nicest cheap hotels in Davao City. If you love art and are visiting Davao City, then this Davao hotel should be perfect for you.