Still life with crab

Masterful depiction of the surface of things

Photorealist painting - Still Life With Crab
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The dutch artists of the seventeenth century were renowned for being able to depict the visual reality of what they saw with amazing realism. I have painted this homage to the painters of the Dutch golden age with my comtemporary still life.

  • That cloth is a flip-flop material. It wasn’t easy painting it at all.
  • Another example of the art world ignoring me. As soon as they something photorealistic they behave in the most discriminatory fashion. This was specifically painted to win an art show. So what happened? The curators literally his it under a stairwell.
  • The person that one that year was an average ‘weekend painter’ whose turn it must have been to receive the accolades from the judges.


Dimensions: 60x80cm.
Painted: 2010.
Materials: Acrylic on MDF board.

It is sold framed behind glass.
Availability: For sale $1200.

The story behind Still life with crab

I painted this still life painting to enter into the Camberwell Art Show. The process started with me buying all of the ingredients and setting up the scene before taking the photograph. The source photo’s background was replaced with a black because the purpose of the painting was to pay homage to Dutch artists of the seventeenth century.

It took over a hundred hours to draw and the paint the artwork. It was entered into the Camberwell Art Show and was subsequently displayed in the most remote location the organizers could pick. It was placed in a corner and underneath a stairwell. I was livid. Instead of being exposed to a reasonable level of foot traffic the painting was almost hidden away. This added to my growing disdain for those that worked in what I see as the most ‘corrupt industry in the world’.

Photorealist painting - Still Life With Crab - Detail 1
Photorealist painting – Still Life With Crab – Detail 1
Photorealist painting - Still Life With Crab - Detail 2
Photorealist painting – Still Life With Crab – Detail 2
Photorealist painting - Still Life With Crab - Source image
Photorealist painting – Still Life With Crab – Source image
Photorealist painting - Still life with crab - Wall mockup
Photorealist painting – Still life with crab – Wall mockup

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