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

Click on an image to enquire about purchasing a work from this exhibition


Dolce Pane

David Cobley RP NEAC
Oil, 36 x 36 cm, £1,350

Pub Grub

David Cobley RP NEAC
Oil, 36 x 36 cm, SOLD

Spilt Milk

David Cobley RP NEAC
Oil, 102 x 102 cm, £7,350

Orchids, Porthmeor Beach, St. Ives

Paul Curtis NEAC
Oil, 87 x 87cm, £2,700

Primulas, Studio, St. Ives, Cornwall

Paul Curtis NEAC
Oil, 56 x 56 cm, £2,000
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White Primulas, Spring, St. Ives, Cornwall

Paul Curtis NEAC
Oil, 30 x 30 cm, £750


Sam Dalby RP
Oil, 37 x 47 cm, £4,000

Skull and Bottles

Sam Dalby RP
Oil, 60 x 70 cm, £5,000


Sam Dalby RP
Oil, 37 x 47 cm, £4,000

Lemon No. 1

Alex Fowler NEAC
Oil, 30 x 28 cm, £950

March Rose

Alex Fowler NEAC
Oil, 36 x 28 cm, £1,150

Still Life with Jug and Bottles

Alex Fowler NEAC
Oil, 86 x 92 cm, £3,900

Against the Failing Light

Lachlan Goudie ROI
Oil, 153 x 132 cm, £7,500

The Countess' Dressing Room

Lachlan Goudie ROI
Oil, 60 x 52 cm, £1,250

The Golden Fan

Lachlan Goudie ROI
Oil, 60 x 52 cm, £1,250

A View

Carole Griffin RBA
Oil, 36 x 38 cm, £700

Earl Grey

Carole Griffin RBA
Oil, 40 x 46 cm, £750


Carole Griffin RBA
Oil, 40 x 46 cm, £850

Three in a Row

Carole Griffin RBA
Oil, 38 x 49 cm, £700

A Coffee Can and Charlie's Dog

Charlotte Halliday NEAC
Pencil and watercolour, 36 x 30 cm, £400

Cyclamen in Semi-China Chamber Pot

Charlotte Halliday NEAC
Pencil and watercolour, 49 x 43 cm, £750

Daffodils in Ironstone Jug

Charlotte Halliday NEAC
Pencil and watercolour, 53 x 46 cm, £750

Peaches on a Dish

Felicity House PS
Pastel, 41 x 48 cm, £390
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Roses & Thyme

Felicity House PS
Watercolour and pastel, 19 x 17 cm, £390

The Pink Bowl

Felicity House PS
Pastel, 70 x 60 cm, £650