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Timeless. Classic. Beautiful. These are the words that can describe the power and uniqueness of still life painting. Historically this genre has existed and evolved for centuries, offering us a window of understand into different cultures throughout the world as well as an ability to grasp what people valued and dwelled on from times gone by. In a contemporary context, still life art is able to pull us into different worlds and allow virtuoso artists to show what they are capable of from a technical standpoint.

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In our Southwest Art Collecting Resource Guide: Developing a Still Life Paintings Art Collection you will find four featured artists who are heads and shoulders above the rest in terms of painting acumen and the ability to take objects from various contexts and create still life paintings that offer up personal stories, cultural insights, and sheer delight in the art process. These powerful results are a surefire signal that such artists are deserving of a place in your art collection.

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David Riedel is an artist based in Portland, Oregon and his still life oil paintings reveal a understated sense of dynamism, spatial as well as psychological depth, and a bit of wonder and mystery. Taking objects like humble clay jugs and leaves cut from a tree at the height of autumn, he imbues his work with thoughtfulness and intensity.

Riedel is very sensitive and careful with color. Using colors that reflect the soft and silvery light of the Northwest, the artist works hard to see—and represent—objects that seem to bloom with color in an incredibly beautiful yet natural way.

For Laura Robb, it is the interplay between objects that pulls her into the genre of still life painting. Her approach is to make all her efforts…look quite effortless. Indeed, her painterly surfaces and incredibly layered coloring give her works a gem-like glow, but the complex ways in which she works are not always apparent at first glance. But that is just as well because it allows the viewer to sink into the works almost immediately, soaking up the vibrant and luscious surfaces Robb is known for.

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If you are looking to enhance your art collections with works by artists that have a personal bent, we suggest you look no further Kyle Polzin. In Southwest Art Collecting Resource Guide: Developing a Still Life Paintings Art Collection, you’ll find Polzin’s still life oil paintings, which reflect the artist’s storytelling ability made visual—through the objects he chooses for the paintings and how he puts them into a visual dialogue with one another. Creating works that are at times sumptuous and rustic, and drawing from the Old West for his inspiration—as well as objects of artful American—Polzin is beyond technically proficient, which has made him one very sought after artist. Every painting he paints sells, and his work would be a welcome addition to any art collection that values the power of images to create stories in the mind.

Jeannie Paty has a fresh take on the genre of still life painting. She takes as her subject tubes of lipstick, bottles of nail polish, and lip gloss among others. She takes objects that are incredibly “everyday” and makes them come alive with stature and power—belying their humble origins. Drawn to the rhythm and harmony of things, Paty focuses on composition a great deal, allowing objects to occupy space in a very unique way. We have included this artist in Southwest Art Collecting Resource Guide: Developing a Still Life Paintings Art Collection because she is exceptionally skilled at eking out new and exciting things to say about color and shape.

The power of still life paintings is always in the eye of the beholder, and the timeless appeal of this genre is proven again and again by art collectors who seek out these kinds of works for art collecting. An art collection with such works will always have a foot firmly placed in the historic traditions of art history yet access to the top representational artists working today—a powerful combination indeed. For the latter, Southwest Art Collecting Resource Guide: Developing a Still Life Paintings Art Collection is a reliable and exciting place to start as it gives you access to top artists working in this classic tradition with skills that literally defy the eye.

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