Ken Currie: Immortality
22 Pages, 22.5 x 24 cm
Published by Flowers
The human figure, heads – and recently animals – have always been the central concern of Ken Currie’s work. However, certain works are defined by an absence of the figure. Here, shrouds, monuments, architectural spaces and ordinary objects take centre stage. Despite this persistent underlying drive to ‘depopulate’, Currie has not, until now, consciously explored the concept of still life painting.
Currie explains that, on regular visits to the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, he is drawn to a small, modest, quiet painting by the 18th century French painter, and master of the still life, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin. It depicts an arrangement of rather humble everyday objects on a dusty shelf. Painted exquisitely, the simple composition is charged with mystery and an almost spiritual intensity. Looking at this work, the viewer is struck by the sense that still life painting is capable of conveying a weight of subtle meanings and allusions.