Still Life - May 2019

18 Apr 2019

This May, Guy Peploe selects from the subject of Still Life and has written a haiku for each picture within the exhibition.

The haiku form is a spare, immediate poetic form. Created in response to a painting these short poems are in complete contrast to our usual factual and analytic picture notes, but we hope will provide subtle ways into the appreciation of each work. If any wish to have a go we will be happy to publish them online.

Still Life - May 2019

Mary Armour, Poppies and Still life, 1946, oil on board, 60 x 50 cm

Remembrance petals fall
On sketchbooks, memento mori
Starts with self and beauty


Still Life - May 2019

​​William Crosbie, Abstract Still life, c.1970, oil painting, 111.7 x 116.8 cm

Flattened forms and curves
Colour complex brilliantly lit
A Breton Jug with flowers



Still Life - May 2019

William Crosbie, Roses in a Grey Vase on Purple Cloth, 1991, oil on board, 35.7 x 30.4 cm

Tight rosebuds, opening
Constrained in space, spot-lit
A theatre of Flowers



Still Life - May 2019

Victoria Crowe, Advent Assembly, c. 1991, mixed media, 80 x 99 cm

No rest for the mind?
A cornucopia of memories
Can find a settled place


Still Life - May 2019

J D Fergusson, Still Life at La Petite Farandole Antibes, c.1912, conte and watercolour, 24.5 x 20.5 cm

Conte and wash, decisive
Structure in the heat of passion
Till War sent lovers north


Still Life - May 2019

Sir William Gillies, Still Life, Pot with Daisies, oil on canvas, 58.5 x 112 cm

Braque; a structure made
With rigour, form significant
But his sister’s pots


Still Life - May 2019

John Houston, Still Life with Grapes, oil on board, 24 x 34.5 cm

They are grapes and paint
Luscious paint in thick impasto
Like jewels set in leaves


Still Life - May 2019

Christine McArthur, The Crimson Window, mixed media on panel, 76 x 76 cm

A fiery aperture
Flowers red on red, familiar
Protects from the dark


Still Life - May 2019

Sir William MacTaggart, The Studio Window, c.1966, mixed media on blue paper, 63 x 47 cm

Night over Drummond Place
Light from the dusk crepuscular
An offering of flowers


Still Life - May 2019

Ellen Malcolm, Still Life, oil on board, 31.5 x 40 cm

Pale fading into light
Ephemeral by nature
Lost in permanence


Still Life - May 2019

Alberto Morrocco, Pumpkin and Cactus, oil on canvas, 54.6 x 57.2 cm

Round up, round down, zesty
A harmonious conversation
Of Fruit and Cactus


Still Life - May 2019

Leon Morrocco, Still Life

Painted sound triumphant
Lillies trumpet daisies trill
Dark table sonorous bass


Still Life - May 2019

Denis Peploe, Torquil's Tins, oil on canvas, 64 x 76 cm

The Old Manse Plockton
His friend’s paint pots at rest
By lamplight made art


Still Life - May 2019

Denis Peploe, Pansies Shell and Mountain, oil on canvas, 46 x 61 cm

The dark ridge of Suilven
Shelters the delicate petals
Incongruous but true


Still Life - May 2019

SJ Peploe, Still Life with Roses, oil on canvas, 35 x 26.5 cm

Two roses in a vase
A petal fallen, white on dun
A love affair begun


Still Life - May 2019

Anne Redpath, The White Dish, watercolour, 36.5 x 47 cm

White like crumpled linen
But moving, alive while still, lively
Flowers given with love


Still Life - May 2019

Duncan Shanks, Begonia Rex, oil on canvas, 64 x 77 cm

All life will pass by
The underpainting visible through black
Death will enrich the earth


Still Life - May 2019

Duncan Shanks, Flowers, 1985, gouache on paper, 56 x 76 cm

Plucked from his garden
Flowers in simple vases. Red
Rich but desiccating

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