|Still life with lemon, pear and red wine|
12"×9", Oil on linen panel, October 2012
This painting, which is, in a sense, as close to "realism" as I ever get in my own work, looks like an appropriate occasion to talk about one aspect of what is considered "realism": minimizing the perceptible distance, the space between what the viewer sees in the painting and what they think they would have seen "in reality". In other words, minimizing the surprise, the unexpected, the shock; conforming to the viewers' expectations and pre-existing conceptions of "reality", following certain established conventions of representation 3D objects on a picture plane. The paradox in this is that this distance is always there anyway; and the key question is how the painter exploits their ability to create a momentary illusion of its non-existence.
(to be continued)