The still life paintings of California artist Sharon Hudson include colorful abstract paintings, realistic still-life paintings, expressionist still lifes in pastel and charcoal, and collage still lifes with an unusual use of decorative patterns for interesting dimensional effects. Whether the painting will be realistic or abstract, Hudson always begins with real objects selected for their forms, textures, and sensuality, and she captures the personality of each object in her paintings.
Whether realistic or abstract, Hudson's still life paintings celebrate the sensual aspects of both subject and media. And they have a frankly decorative intent, using bold color, line, texture, and pattern to animate strong compositions. Hudson enjoys painting still lifes because real, recognizable objects provide a foil for unexpected twists of dimension, design, and allusion, and she often mixes two- and three-dimensional elements to create an ambiguous, Japanese-like space.
Hudson's stylistic inspiration comes from masters of sensuality like Gauguin, Klimt, Matisse, Degas, and Van Gogh, as well as contemporary decorative arts like quiltmaking and stained glass. Hudson often includes plants in her still lifes because of their lively irregularity.
Hudson often works her still lifes into complex visual compositions, frequently playful, energized with decorative patterns. Objects are temporary configurations of energy and matter into recognizable forms. Both "solid" form, and "empty" space are full of energy. Using pattern and texture, Hudson visually represents both the forms and the energy -- a moment of visual balance between figure and ground, stability and motion, excitement and composure.
In addition to still life paintings, this contemporary art gallery also offers realistic and decorative figures, portraits, abstracts, decorative non-objective patterns, and other kinds of art. Bold, sensual, intriguing fine art in painting, collage, pastel, drawing, and mixed media. San Francisco Bay area visual artist Sharon Hudson, Berkeley and Oakland, northern California.
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Oakland, San Francisco Bay Area, East Bay, northern California