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“GILDING THE LILY” a mixed still life show opens at Kranenburg Fine Art this Friday evening - 5 June at 6.30pm.
Though known for his textured landscapes, Ronnie welcomed the opportunity to create 5 still life paintings for this exhibition.
“Painting a still life is a great exercise,” says Ronnie. “For me it is an opportunity to hone my observation and recording skills and experiment with new ideas, but as always I like to try to find a new approach. I chose some of my own personal collection of Asian artefacts and interpreted them with an unusual perspective, exploring the three-dimensional quality of the wrapped canvas.”
“Tiger Screen” features a carved lacquer screen, purchased in Hong Kong, which explores the ancient and modern characters and symbols for the tiger. The screen forms the main part of the composition creating a background, foreground and midground which focuses the viewer’s eye to the still life on the table.
The teaware featured in “Beijing Tea” was bought on a visit to the Chinese capital. Red is an auspicious colour and contrasts sharply with the vivid green of the teapot. The composition explores the space and shapes in a more abstract way.
Lilies on a Vietnamese gold lacquer bowl on top of a black opium table with the border of a tribal kilim, “Silence” refers to the ancient Chinese character on the wooden box, as well as the silence of the still life study.
The show runs till 27 June.
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