Inspired by the old masters, but far from traditional, fine artist Chris Kettle has developed what he calls New Still Life: painting familiar objects in unexpected arrangements, these works are a visual embodiment of the uncanny.
Inbox is Kettles take on the tradition of the diptych: a pair of images, created to be exhibited together. Here, Kettle fuses contemporary themes with historical imagery through a modern digital approach. On the right panel, No New Messages—the empty slogan of the inbox refresh—hovers in cursive script between a pewter grail and a golden halo; on the left, a digital rose fills the blank space of the virtual void. Around the images computer icons—from CMYK charts to signal strength indicators—are substituted for traditional religious icons, for a unique visualisation of contemporary cultures and their digitised iconographies.
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Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 50
Size (cm): 44 x 44
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About the artist
Inspired by the old masters, but far from traditional, fine artist Chris Kettle has developed what he calls ‘New Still Life’: painting familiar objects in unexpected arrangements, these works are a true visual embodiment of the uncanny.
Kettle’s inanimate subject matter is charged with emotion, each composition captured in dynamic contrasts of light and dark to create drama and depth. With their thick brush strokes and saturated colours, these scenes of still life seem to inhabit a mysterious realm of their own.
Kettle’s ‘Terrarium’ was one of only three award winners of the UK’s National Open Art Competition in 2011, judged by Gavin Turk. His painting ‘Hubris’ was also chosen for the accompanying NOAC exhibition in the same year. Kettle lives and works in Brighton and continues to exhibit around the world.
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