Fleshy, sun kissed scenes, created by a hand which realises that all emotion is in the details. John Gregson’s still life paintings glow with an inner warmth and plump beauty that sets him apart from so many of his contemporaries. Now based in southern France, he dedicates himself full time to painting the radiant details of light and form of common scenes, capturing the reflections and shimmering surfaces of the fruit and fish of French dinner tables.
Who could look at this work and not be captivated by the glowing realism of the flesh? This work captures the joys of the Mediterranean life and allows the viewer to own a piece of spring in Provence. Not only are the paintings fantastically realistic with a truly exceptional eye for near-photo realism, but they contain an atmosphere of unadulterated joy. The shadows playing on the skin of the lemons emphasise the sun falling wonderfully on their surface. Acidic and citric, they show the light to perfection. The viewer can feel the warmth of the breeze on their neck as they take the first sip of wine on a long, lazy lunch by the bay.
Sumptuous, indulgent fruit drip their juices down the canvas, inviting the viewer to come closer and take a bite. The skin on the grapes reflects the morning sunshine, filling the painting with a warmth and sensation of idle contentment. The flesh of the apricots rebounds out with a freshness that would fill any room. The palette of champagne and pistachio compliments each other so beautifully that it appears a coincidence that the food and drink also make great companions. These are paintings which appeal to the senses. Immaculate detail and a glorious, tangible atmosphere combine to make still life paintings of the highest quality.
If the spring sunshine is defrosting you from your winter slumber, maybe the art of John Gregson is for you. His work captures the joys of the season, which makes him the ideal artist of the week.
Abricots with Decorated Pots
The Harbour, La Cotiniere, France