Peeling away the boundaries of traditional still life
Food and steps in its preparation have been the subject of still life painters for over 600 years. I’m certainly not the first artist to portray the unassuming potato, ready for the boiling pot.
But in Everyone Has to Chip In, I took the traditional still life and added a dollop of gallows humour in the form of disembodied (dis-em-tubered?) parts from a classic potato toy. Notice how these few small additions provide drama and tension to what otherwise was just a bucket of spuds!
Artistically, the focus in this piece is the contrast between the natural, rustic textures and the artificial plastic ones. The wooden wall and rusted pail are so different from those all-seeing plastic eyes - and I wanted the viewer to verge on feeling the textures in their fingertips when they see the work.
I got the idea for this image from one of those “political roundtable” discussion shows on TV. One of the commentators said that “everyone has to chip in,” and my British brain automatically thought of fried potatoes (i.e., “chips”) then ultimately led to the potato toy’s doom. Everyone has to Chip In was featured in Southwest Art magazine's 2012 article on my work: “Richard Hall’s trompe-l’oeil paintings beguile with wit and nostalgia”.
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For 35 years, Richard Hall enjoyed a successful career in fine art, using his talents to explore the opposing worlds of abstract art and traditional still life. But chance intervened when a mischievous toddler added her two-cents worth to one of Richard’s still life settings, prompting Richard to see his work in an entirely new way. READ MORE
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