Raymond Oliver: Still Life in Var

Raymond Oliver: Still Life in Var


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Raymond describes his intentions: ‘My aim is to create atmosphere and distil memories and ideas of place, with a strong emphasis on design, colour, ambiguous shapes, and spaces’.

One can imagine Raymond painting this work in the South of France, looking out at the Mediterranean with its twinkling boats and brilliant sky. His Still Life in Var appears to embrace the post-impressionistic work of Cézanne, in the arrangement and expressive modelling of the pottery jug and fruit. While the view through an open shuttered window and use of strongly patterned fabric speak of Matisse’s Fauvism. Whatever the influences, the effect is intoxicating, vibrant and full of life; one can almost smell the sea breeze.

Inspired by his visits to Italy, as well as France, Spain and the British landscape, Raymond’s paintings respond to his immediate environment, encompassing interiors, still life and landscape. Born in Hamsworth, Yorkshire he studied at Wakefield College of Art. During a long career as a painter, he has shown widely, such prestigious exhibitions as the Royal Academy, New English Art Club, Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Institute of Oil Painters to name a few. He now has work in many private and corporate collections here and abroad.
More of this talented artist's works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.

Dimensions (approximate): Image: H:50cm, W:59cm, Frame: H:66cm, W:76cm, D:4cm

Acrylic on canvas

Framed, white painted wooden frame with decorative moulding closer to image, cream mount, unglazed 

Burford Garden Company is acting as an agent on behalf of the artists displaying work in this online gallery. Refunds on works are discretionary and goods must be returned within seven days of purchase, at the latest.