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The Importance Of Still Life Art

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Food has long been a popular subject in art. For many hundreds of years, people have created beautiful food-based artworks that are cherished, even today. The consumption of food is a shared experience as is art. I love this idea, that we can all share art. It’s an opportunity to collaborate on ideas and express our creativity and thoughtfulness and it is accessible to all different age groups. This week I interviewed two artists that are noted for their skill in food - inspired art to discuss their artwork. These are “Still life with silverware and lobster” by Pieter Claesz and “Still Life: The Food Bowl” by Ken and Julia Yonetani. Despite the fact that these works were created four centuries apart, they share many factors and display the essence of still life art. The aim, for me, of this interview is to identify the changes in still life art, will there be any use of modern, emerging technologies in the more modern piece? Or maybe a 3D element?

I am thrilled to be able to shed some light on the still life genre that occupied much of my painting. The beauty of still life painting is that it reflects so much of what is going on in the world around it. When this painting was created in 1641, the middle class were gaining prominence. People wanted other people to know how wealthy and cultured they were. In Still Life with Silverware and Lobster I chose to include a range of objects that highlighted some of my observations about the world I lived in. I wanted it to reflect
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