I always feel that a beautiful calming Still Life on the wall makes a house a home.
When I visited France a while ago, I came upon Still life artist, Giles Gorriti. He believes that to create mood and an emotional response in painting, color is more important than subject alone. And as a colorist, Gorriti is a virtuoso, using the full range of his palette to create both subtle, unobtrusive fragments of delicate tones, alongside vibrantly orchestrated blocks.
Cubism, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso began using shapes and blocky forms to make still life that looked radically different to those of their predecessors. Gorriti continued along that path. I really admire this style.
Hence, I have attempted to paint this Still Life in the manner of Gorriti and his predecessors, using bright colours, block forms and soft brushstrokes.
Since the arrival of abstract art, the term figurative has been used to refer to any form of modern art that retains references to the real world and has been particularly used to refer to artists that retain aspects of the real world as their subject matter. Susanne enjoys using the human figure and placing it in its own natural space. When painting in the Contemporary Figurative style her aim is to encourage the viewer establish their own understanding of her work, to look at the world in a way that they may not normally see it and to let their imagination run wild. One of her inspirations is Picasso, who after about 1920, is the great exemplar of modern figurative painting.
‘My aim is to encourage the viewer establish their own understanding of my work, to look at the world in a way they may not normally see it and to let their imagination run wild.’