Still Life and Textile Artworks
The genre still life conjures all sorts of images of stuffy oil paintings of stiff flower arrangements in gold guild frames like this-
You are right that is a still life-but if this isn’t your thing, that is ok. We are going to review a couple of pieces that push the boundaries of the genre and are really contemporary. Many great works in still life have emotion like these pieces from Susan Mauney.
Susan Mauney is a wonderful watercolor painter that was originally a therapist. She infuses her well executed still life pieces with tremendous emotion, and she has really broadened my mind when it comes to this genre.
I also really love Sheila Keefe Ortiz’s work in this arena; Sheila’s work is absent of details and instead depends on color to flesh out her subjects. Her still life work has great emotion as well-
Sometimes a piece can conjure a story like this one from BF Reed-
I can almost hear my Granny laugh under the pecan trees in her backyard while a hot breeze blows.
Or this one from Catherine C. Martin-a wonderful interior.
Textile art is an often misunderstood genre as well. It is unconventional perhaps to many, but you may be thinking of macrame from 70’s at your grandmother’s house. Let me expand.
Rachel Frey is a lovely artist that creates amazing contemporary felted wool pieces that can be abstract, look like landscapes, or remind you of the ocean. They are beautiful and ethereal, and really dreamy. No macrame knot in sight.
I also wanted to show some examples of painters that incorporate textiles in their work.
I do love pieces that are really textural, and textiles definitely accomplish that. So the medium textiles and the genre of still life are two artworks worth investigating, for so many reasons. Thanks for your interest, and until next time, buy some art for art’s sake!