A still life is a work of art traditionally depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (such as food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (such as books, vases, jewelry, coins). The eclectic group of artists exhibiting in Right Before My Eyes: A Still Life Invitational brings a variety of interpretations within the theme. From the dark, moody arrangements of realist painter Matthew Gore to the loose, representational style of Mary Addison Hackett, the subject of still life is amply explored through painting genres.
Included in the show is nationally-known contemporary realist Camille Engel. Recently Camille’s painting, Floating Between Two World” won International “Best Wildlife” at the International Guild of Realism 9th annual exhibition in Charleston, SC . Known for her use of rich colors, textures, and intricate detail, Camille exhibits her work throughout the U.S.
After spending several years in Los Angeles, Mary Addison Hackett returned to Nashville, Tennessee, where she is represented by the David Lusk Gallery. Hackett’s painting, Cobalt, displays vintage glass wear set upon a quilt of vibrant hues brings about memories of family heirlooms and Sunday picnics. Mary’s work has been exhibited nationally and can be found in collections such as Marriott Moscone, San Francisco, Music City Center Public Art Collection, Nashville, the Permanent Collection of Art, Chapman University, Orange, CA and the Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA. Other artists featured in the show are Jason Saunders, Taaron Parsons, Nick Long, David Salerno, Jennie Kirkpatrick, Judy Nocifora, Leah Foote, Darlene Shaddon, and Diane Craig.