Photograph: David Parry, Royal academy of Arts, Matisse in the Studio

Matisse is the father of colour. Colour might have existed before Matisse but I’m not 100% sure. And Matisse loved not only colour but also objects, light, textures. Loved might be not a strong enough word here either. He was quite obsessed with them. His favourite objects travelled with him on holidays and getaways. He painted and drew and cut them out of sheets of paper many times over.

Henri Matisse, The Safrano Roses at the Window, 1925

Royal Academy of Art’s exhibition focuses on Matisse’s obsession with objects. His love of quirky things that he brought alive time and time again on his canvases. One might think there are too many Matisse exhibitions around, but he’s too wonderful for anyone to mean it. His relationship with still lives and shapes inspired hundreds of artists to pursue art.

The exhibition shows how Matisse looked for inspiration in other cultures too. Art from Africa, Asia, Islamic art, Japanese art, they were all assimilated in his work. Matisse was forever enchanted by new ways to see and present the world. And art is doing the same ever since.

Henri Matisse, Still Life with Shell, 1940

Many  Lumi artists are in search of colour portrayal and how it translates into the ways they see the world, how we perceive it and what impact it has on our lives. Colour can and does change our moods, flowers brighten days, ripe fruit taste sweet to eyes as well as tongue. Still lives were explored since Renaissance. Often explained as symbols for transience, they can also stand as reminders to enjoy the little things in life.

Like a gorgeous piece of art.

Rebecca Pells, Yesterday’s Gone, oil on canvas, 50x50cm, £525
Jonquill Williamson, Cherries Still Life, oil on canvas, 23x23cm, £250


Jo Milne, Flowers and Fruits, acrylic on canvas, 51x76cm, £370

Buy tickets to see Royal Academy of Arts Exhibition here

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