14 February 2015 to 11 April 2015
Beverley Art Gallery, Champney Road, Beverley, East Riding HU17 8HE

Entry Free

This is the first of what we hope will be a regular opportunity for visitors to Beverley Art Gallery in East Riding of Yorkshire to enjoy shows produced for the Mall Galleries, which is home to the Federation of British Artists (FBA). The FBA consists of eight of the UK's leading art societies and many of its members have contributed to this show, which demonstrates that the still life painting is still very much 'alive' and as relevant, inspiring and enduring an art form as ever.   

The still life painting emerged as a distinctive genre or category in the 17th century. Flowers, foodstuffs and humdrum objects were arranged and painted with a precision that tested artistic skill. Whilst the everyday subject matter and detailed realism gave the still life painting popular appeal, the allegorical symbolism or hidden meaning that these pictures often contained meant that they also appealed to the connoisseur.

The attraction of the still life has remained a constant to the present day. Artists continue to welcome the challenge of exploring everyday objects through colour, texture, tonal variation and the play of light. For some artists meticulous realism remains a guiding principle, for others texture, colour and form are their primary concerns.

Still Alive: The Contemporary Still Life, featuring works by members of the Federation of British Artists (FBA), presents a survey of contemporary still life painting. The exhibition explores time honoured allegorical themes such as the transience of human life in Sam Dalby’s Skull and Bottles or the futility of regret in David Cobley’s Spilt Milk. The exhibition also addresses contemporary subjects including pub grub and Subbuteo and demonstrates that still life painting remains an enduring and challenging art form.

Words by Gerardine Mulcahy-Parker, Curator, Beverley Art Gallery.

 

Exhibiting artists

Selected Works

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Lloyd-james-Biscuits.jpg

Biscuits

Oil on canvas
41 x 36 cm
Lloyd-James--Snorkmaiden.jpg

Snorkmaiden

Oil
39 x 33 cm
Lloyd-James--Subbuteo.jpg

Subbuteo

Oil
38 x 43 cm
Cobley-David-Dolce-Pane.jpg

Dolce Pane

David Cobley RP NEAC

Oil
36 x 36 cm
Cobley-David-Pub-Grub.jpg

Pub Grub

David Cobley RP NEAC

Oil
36 x 36 cm
Cobley-David-Spilt-Milk.jpg

Spilt Milk

David Cobley RP NEAC

Oil
102 x 102 cm
Curtis-Paul-Orchids,-Porthmeor-Beach,-St.Lues.jpg

Orchids, Porthmeor Beach, St. Ives

Paul Curtis NEAC

Oil
87 x 87cm
Curtis-Paul-Primulas,-Studio,-St.Lues-Cornwall.jpg

Primulas, Studio, St. Ives, Cornwall

Paul Curtis NEAC

Oil
56 x 56 cm
Curtis-Paul-White Primulas, Spring, St.Lues, Cornwall.jpg

White Primulas, Spring, St. Ives, Cornwall

Paul Curtis NEAC

Oil
30 x 30 cm
Dalby-Sam-Flying.jpg

Flying

Sam Dalby RP

Oil
37 x 47 cm
Dalby-Sam-Skull-and-Bottles.jpg

Skull and Bottles

Sam Dalby RP

Oil
60 x 70 cm
Dalby-Sam-Swimming.jpg

Swimming

Sam Dalby RP

Oil
37 x 47 cm
Fowler-Alex-Lemon.jpg

Lemon No. 1

Alex Fowler NEAC

Oil
30 x 28 cm
Fowler-Alex-March-Rose.jpg

March Rose

Alex Fowler NEAC

Oil
36 x 28 cm
Fowler-Alex-Still-Life-with-Jug-and-Bottles.jpg

Still Life with Jug and Bottles

Alex Fowler NEAC

Oil
86 x 92 cm
Goudie-Lachlan-Against-the-Failing-Light.jpg

Against the Failing Light

Lachlan Goudie ROI

Oil
153 x 132 cm
Goudie-Lachlan-The-Countess'-Dressing-Room.jpg

The Countess' Dressing Room

Lachlan Goudie ROI

Oil
60 x 52 cm
Goudie-Lachlan-The-Golden-Fan.jpg

The Golden Fan

Lachlan Goudie ROI

Oil
60 x 52 cm
Griffin-Carole-A-View.jpg

A View

Carole Griffin RBA

Oil
36 x 38 cm
Griffin-Carole-Earl-Grey.jpg

Earl Grey

Carole Griffin RBA

Oil
40 x 46 cm
Griffin-Carole-Lustre.jpg

Lustre

Carole Griffin RBA

Oil
40 x 46 cm
Griffin-Carole-Three-in-a-Row.jpg

Three in a Row

Carole Griffin RBA

Oil
38 x 49 cm
Halliday-Charlotte-A-Coffee-Can-and-Charlie's-Dog.jpg

A Coffee Can and Charlie's Dog

Charlotte Halliday NEAC

Pencil and watercolour
36 x 30 cm
Halliday-Charlotte-Cyclamen-in-Semi-China-Chamber-Pot.jpg

Cyclamen in Semi-China Chamber Pot

Charlotte Halliday NEAC

Pencil and watercolour
49 x 43 cm
Halliday-Charlotte-Daffodils-in-Ironstone-Jug.jpg

Daffodils in Ironstone Jug

Charlotte Halliday NEAC

Pencil and watercolour
53 x 46 cm