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Layla Andrews

Plonk, 2021

Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
103 x 76 cms
Framed size: Unframed


This witty still life plays with stylism and realism: a large crab menaces a bottle of wine, flanked by a pattern of fish on the left side and a repeating motif of shells on the right. The bottle is labelled ‘plonk’, as if to draw attention to its position formalistically as well as literally – the shells and fish are simplified, the crab realistic and the wine is somewhere in between; an object which knows itself to be symbolic.  This is enforced by the perspectives within the painting, the alignment of the objects along the picture plane emphasises that this is, first and foremost, a two-dimensional painting which merely represents three-dimensional objects.  The palette is solid and primary; the blocks of khaki and terracotta create an earthy warmth and the coral pink and azure are reminders of the sea from which the crab, shells and fish have originated, transmuted now into this terrestrial world of man-made objects and wine.

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Provenance: From the artist's studio

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