IoE academic set to reignite ancient art form

In a thought-provoking take on a genre traditionally associated with the 17th century, a group of ultra-modern international artists, including the IoE’s John Mitchell, is reinvigorating the ancient art of still-life. Their exhibition, Nature Morte is now set to tour Sweden, Norway, Belgium and the UK.

The exhibition is based on Michael Petry’s recent book of the same name for publishers Thames & Hudson. A distinguished lecturer in art at the IoE, John was invited to participate first in the book, then the exhibition. John has been exhibiting to international acclaim since 1979 in private and public galleries and has been inspiring students at the IoE since 1989.

Nature Morte will bring together historic still-life paintings with completely contemporary artworks that nevertheless use the language of the past for modern concerns. The show explores the eternal human themes; life, death and the irrevocable passing of time. In observing these new works for our modern world, we are forced to stop and reconsider what it means to be human.

 

 

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Venues:

Norway (June 6 – August 30, 2015)
Hå gamle prestegard
www.hagamleprestegard.no

Sweden (May – August, 2016)
Konsthallen- Bohuslän

Dates to follow:

Belgium

London