Trend to Collect: Contemporary Still Lifes

Artsy Specialist
Jul 23, 2018 11:37PM

Artists have been painting flowers, fruits, and household objects for hundreds of years, but there’s something vibrant about contemporary still lifes.

Whether capturing potted plants or cans of food, these seven artists transform today’s odds and ends into vivid, whimsical, and mysterious works of art. To buy any of these pieces, you can click on the image to contact the gallery directly.

Alan Fears

Fears highlights the joyfulness of everyday life, drawing attention to ordinary (yet charming) household objects, such as this bowl of “boring oranges” and a can of pie filling.

£375–650

Jonas Wood

Potted plants and clay vessels are recurrent themes for the American artist, whose large-scale prints and paintings are often inspired by his wife, the ceramicist Shio Kusaka.

£25,000–30,000

Jonas Wood
Landscape Pot With Plant , 2017
Maddox Gallery
Jonas Wood
Archaeopteryx Lithgraphica; and Dilophosurus Wetherilli , 2015
Maddox Gallery


Paul Wackers

For many of his still lifes, Wackers paints eccentric collections of rocks, plants, and abstract shapes, carefully arranged on tables and shelves.

$9,000–18,000

Paul Wackers
Pause/Go, 2016
Eleanor Harwood Gallery
Paul Wackers
Ready, Set , 2016
Eleanor Harwood Gallery


Sarah Osborne

This emerging painter fills her canvases with hot dogs, gravlax, coffee cans, and other food items filled with hidden histories.

$400–975

Sarah Osborne
Malongo, 2018
Projet Pangée
Sarah Osborne
If I Played Tennis I would eat Hot Dogs at the Same Time, 2015
Projet Pangée


John Garrett Slaby

Slaby’s still lifes often feature a sense of nostalgia, whether it’s a bee crawling on a metal fence or a black cat lurking behind a yellow bicycle.

$100–160

John Garrett Slaby
Untitled (Chain Link 2), 2018
Deep Space Gallery


Lauren Gallaspy

Floating hands, Hermès scarves, and scalloped bowls populate these patterned prints, which offer a sense of mystery and rebellion.

$200

Lauren Gallaspy
Pussy Patrol, 2017
Eutectic Gallery
Lauren Gallaspy
A Little Death, 2017
Eutectic Gallery
Lauren Gallaspy
Four Girls, One Peach (with vintage Hermes scarf), 2017
Eutectic Gallery


Canyon Castator

In these iPad paintings, Castator imagines colorful, cluttered rooms with artworks by Ed Ruscha and Édouard Manet hanging on the walls.

$1,800–3,200

Canyon Castator
LAxpectations, 2016
Wallplay
Canyon Castator
QUEEN O! Can I Borrow Some Manet, 2016
Wallplay
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