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Framed Still Life of Fruit & Flowers after Huysum - Original

Artwork size: 90 x 110 cm
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‘Still Life of Fruit and Flowers, After Van Huysym’ is an Original piece of oils on linen by contemporary artist Chris Kettle. Framed in a black tray frame, the print is signed and numbered by the artist.

Brighton based artist Chris Kettle is known for his ‘New Still Life’ paintings: inspired by the antiquated masters, Kettle has updated the traditional form, creating unexpected arrangements from obscure objects and realising his explosive vision through a hyper-real aesthetic. Merging realism with abstraction, ‘Still Life of Fruit and Flowers, After Van Huysym’ depicts a posy of flowers, recalling the aesthetic of the Dutch Baroque painter who gives his name to the title. Bold-red and luminescent-white petals seem to emerge from a deep, muddy background of charcoal greys and mossy greens, which Kettle has built up with textured streaks and daubs. With its ghostly quality, the print evokes the past, while speaking to the contemporary moment with innovative style.

About The Artist - Chris Kettle

Chris Kettle is a degree-educated fine artist who lives and works at his studio in Brighton, UK. Inspired by the Old Masters, (in particular Jan Davidzs de Heem), Chris Kettle's art is far from traditional.

Fascinated by still life, Chris Kettle is interested in giving inanimate objects a kind of emotional charge, a soul of their own. His art is an exploration in which he puts obscure objects into odd arrangements, creating what he considers to be ‘New Still Life’. Chris Kettle has shown his incredibly detailed art prints and limited edition prints across the globe from Brighton to New York, Milan to Switzerland.

Artist Statement:

For the last three of decades I have focused solely on Still Life painting. I like the idea that my paintings are entertaining, and possess relatable aesthetic qualities alongside an ambiguity and even at times a kind of humour. The absorbing challenge I face every time I pick up a brush and attempt to portray elements of human emotion using inanimate subject matter, is one that that keeps me completely consumed

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