The concept of still life originated hundreds of years ago, when it was a rarity to have fresh fruit, and thus it was a status symbol to both be able to acquire the fruit and commission an artist’s talents to convey this wealth and power. The imagery often included hidden meanings with the types flowers used or objects featured in early works. This still life encapsulates the vapid approach to the now over-prescribed genre. While creating this work, Sauce spent many hours cursing his desire to paint the picture in the first place. It was an exercise in futility and Sauce became so bored waiting for the oils to dry, he created another landscape painting in the meantime.
Still Lifeless, oil on canvas, 122cm x 91.5cm. Sauce, 2014.