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Snake Parallels


The appearance of the yellow ribbon material in this work brings to mind the coiling of a snake. The curves give a sense of it "wrapping around" the red material in a way that is decidedly serpentine.

This parallel just got spotted by BELVIN OLASOV

Sunflowers (Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers)

Vincent Van Gogh, 1888, Oil on Canvas

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Although flowers can be a common subject of still life's, I believe that TImpson was influenced by Van Gogh's Sunflowers collection for a couple of reasons. The first is because of the similarities between the pieces. They both draw from a red-yellow-orange color palette, and the flower in Timpson's still life could possibly be a sunflower. The other reason is that by relating to Van Gogh's famous Sunflowers, it allows more viewers to make the connection between Timpson's art and a more well known painter.

-Uploaded by Henry Camp

The piece by Ben Timpson opposes the assumed still life. Simple backgrounds, many flowers, no movement and no details other than the flowers and sometimes the base are in typical still life art. Still Life Number Two is a more modern approach to a very antique art style. The bright colors and less than perfect lines taking up the whole piece, not to mention the total lack of a vase or bland background seem to be a totally different approach to still life. A brave approach that in my opinion payed off.
Posted by: Aubrie Holmes

Evolution of Still Life

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These two works of art both depict and illustrate the evolving views of still life. Both use different techniques and viewpoints of how life is seen. In this painting, rather than the traditional way, the flowers are more artistic than realistic. The same goes for Timpson's Universal Still Life Number Two. In his, the flower is obviously seen but in an unusual fashion. These just goes to show how art evolves over time.

Updated by Destiny Burns

´╗┐Definition of "Still"

  • inactive: not in physical motion; "the inertia of an object at rest"
  • silent: marked by absence of sound; "a silent house"; "soundless footsteps on the grass"; "the night was still"
  • calm: make calm or still; "quiet the dragons of worry and fear"
  • with reference to action or condition; without change, interruption, or cessation; "it's still warm outside"; "will you still love me when we're old and grey?"
  • a static photograph (especially one taken from a movie and used for advertising purposes); "he wanted some stills for a magazine ad"
  • placid: (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves; "a ribbon of sand between the angry sea and the placid bay"; "the quiet waters of a lagoon"; "a lake of tranquil blue water reflecting a tranquil blue sky"; "a smooth channel crossing"; "scarcely a ripple on the still water ...
  • hush: cause to be quiet or not talk; "Please silence the children in the church!"
  • however: despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession); "although I'm a little afraid, however I'd like to try it"; "while we disliked each other, nevertheless we agreed"; "he was a stern yet fair master"; "granted that it is dangerous, all the same I still want to go"
  • hush: (poetic) tranquil silence; "the still of the night"
  • used of pictures; of a single or static photograph not presented so as to create the illusion of motion; or representing objects not capable of motion; "a still photograph"; "Cezanne's still life of apples"
  • lessen the intensity of or calm; "The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears"
  • even: to a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons; "looked sick and felt even worse"; "an even (or still) more interesting problem"; "still another problem must be solved"; "a yet sadder tale"
  • an apparatus used for the distillation of liquids; consists of a vessel in which a substance is vaporized by heat and a condenser where the vapor is condensed
  • not sparkling; "a still wine"; "still mineral water"
  • make motionless
Ben could be referencing several definitions in his title; notably, "Used in pictures; of a single or static photograph not presented so as to create the illusion of motion; or representing object not capable of motion, "a still photograph". Ben took the idea of a moving a vivid life and transposed it onto a still picture.
By John McGue