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Ben Brotherton
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41 x 63 cm (46 x 68 cm framed)
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The title Dead Stars comes from the shapes of the leaf, artichoke head and wooden toy.

The leaf is from the same plant as the previous painting, Tenmoku Bowl; it had dropped off and dried into a beautiful shape – its fingers curling up, catching the light and creating shadows. I built the composition around it and its long stem. The coloured pieces of paper are to help articulate the table surface, as well as determine the colour range in the composition. I was inspired by the memory of early Renaissance frescos – subdued blues and greyed pinks and oranges. These colours seemed to me harmonious with the greys and browns of the dead leaf and dried artichoke head. The ceramic pot, the central element in the composition, holds down the table surface and, through its verticality, I hope, helps articulate the spatial depth of the setup. The wooden star is favourite studio object. Its geometry and how the facets catch light are of infinite interest to me.

Ben Brotherton

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