Kevin Best - Pictures, Art, Photography

Kevin Best

  Still life with mandarins by Kevin Best
Still life with mandarins
Still Life
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  Cartier Cup by Kevin Best
Cartier Cup
Still Life
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  Still life with pineapple cup by Kevin Best
Still life with pineapple cup
Still Life
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  Allegory of the five senses by Kevin Best
Allegory of the five senses
Still Life
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  Musical Vanitas by Kevin Best
Musical Vanitas
Still Life
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  Still life with figs and cherries by Kevin Best
Still life with figs and cherries
Still Life
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Background Information about Kevin Best

Introduction

BAROQUE GRANDEUR
EVERLASTING BEAUTIES

In no era was the still life more important than the seventeenth century. Numerous types of still lifes emerged, which were to appeal to and stimulate viewers’ sensory perception.

The genre’s earliest form was the banketjes, or banquet still lifes. An arranged table, covered with culinary specialties, fine vessels, and luxurious textiles, took the foreground in this type of image. Still life masters hoped to achieve the most realistic depiction possible; it was their goal to create the perfect illusion. Photographer Kevin Best now turns the process on its head. With his studies he captures the atmosphere that must have reigned in his forerunners’ ateliers. With meticulousness and a love of detail, Best quotes Dutch still life painters from Holland and Flanders, in particular Pieter Claesz, David Bailly and Willem Kalf, whose pictures he sets up true to the originals. He interprets the Old Masters in a modern manner. At first glance his compositions have the same effect as those of the Old Masters, but a closer look reveals the image as photographic, modifying the traditional mode of observation with an ironic twist.

Bio

1960born in Arlington, New Zealand
1980-2000 Creative Director ARN/Take 2, Australia
2000-2009Executive Group Creative Director Austereo, Australia
2007-2009 study of  photography, Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington, Australia
2008 Project  Gingko Bacchus Restaurant,  Chengdu, China  (collaboration with GRAFT Architects)
lives and works in in Paddington, Australia

Awards

from 2007 The Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington, Australia
 

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2010 QUT Art Museum , Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
2009 Australian National Portrait Gallery Canberra, Australia
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery , Australia
Redland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Noosa Regional Gallery , Tewantin, Australia
Gladstone Regional Gallery, Gladstrone, Australia

Group Exhibitions

from 2007The Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington, Australia