Fool the Eye at the Nassau County Museum of Art – Christian White

CHRISTIAN WHITE  is a contemporary artist whose practice varies between the vivid realism of the two works on display and a more painterly, at times nearly abstract approach, that is probably a more familiar aspect of his oeuvre. Still Life ‘s subject reflects the artists studio with its glazed ceramic pitcher filled with artists supplies and the vase with delicate spring bouquet gathered from his adjacent garden. These forms are represented in a space, which suggests a shelf or boc. This configuration echoes the renaissance idea of art as a window on the world. The space is just deep enough that the objects cast a shadow on the backdrop, but not so shallow as to comprise the very flattened space of a typical trompe l’oeil.  Nonetheless, light is so carefully and accurately transcribed, modeling the forms, that the result is utterly convincing.

Christian White 
Alcove Still Life, 2001
Oil on wood
18 x 21 inches
Collection of Thomas Huntington 

Christian White 
Double Doorway Interior, 1990
Oil on linen, wood
109 x 104 inches
Courtesy of the artist

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