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In no era was the still life more important than the seventeenth century. Numerous types of still lifes emerged, which were to appeal to and stimulate viewers’ sensory perception.
The genre’s earliest form was the banketjes, or banquet still lifes. An arranged table, covered with culinary specialties, fine vessels, and luxurious textiles, took the foreground in this type of image. Still life masters hoped to achieve the most realistic depiction possible; it was their goal to create the perfect illusion. Photographer Kevin Best now turns the process on its head. With his studies he captures the atmosphere that must have reigned in his forerunners’ ateliers. With meticulousness and a love of detail, Best quotes Dutch still life painters from Holland and Flanders, in particular Pieter Claesz, David Bailly and Willem Kalf, whose pictures he sets up true to the originals. He interprets the Old Masters in a modern manner. At first glance his compositions have the same effect as those of the Old Masters, but a closer look reveals the image as photographic, modifying the traditional mode of observation with an ironic twist.Bio
1960 born in Arlington, New Zealand 1980-2000 Creative Director ARN/Take 2, Australia 2000-2009 Executive Group Creative Director Austereo, Australia 2007-2009 study of photography, Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington, Australia 2008 Project Gingko Bacchus Restaurant, Chengdu, China (collaboration with GRAFT Architects) lives and works in in Paddington, AustraliaAwards
from 2007 The Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington, Australia Exhibitions
2010 QUT Art Museum , Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 2009 Australian National Portrait Gallery Canberra, Australia Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery , Australia Redland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia Noosa Regional Gallery , Tewantin, Australia Gladstone Regional Gallery, Gladstrone, Australia
from 2007 The Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington, Australia