“If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” – Edward Hopper
Still life is defined as a collection of inanimate objects arranged together in a specific way. The artwork is based on an arrangement of subjects that is immobile like jewellery, vases, books, drinking glasses, coins, flowers, rocks, plants, food etc. The magic of still life paintings is that they can show us a new way of looking at the ordinary objects around us.
The objects chosen for a still life painting often have a special meaning, either on a personal, cultural, societal, religious or philosophical level
The paintings empower the artists to explore art essentials like light, composition, forms in their entirety. The way that the objects are depicted can evoke a wide variety of emotions, depending on their arrangement with specific lighting, color choice, and handling of the paint.
The earliest still life paintings can be traced to the Egyptian tombs of pharaohs depicting food and valuables, while the newest ones continue to be made in many new avatars like photography, video, and mixed media.