The pieces that instantly earned my devotion are the ones that offer an aerial view of a tablescape (that description is majorly simplifying the subject matter though). Scrimgeour paints in a photorealistic style, however, she is seriously skilled at creating a mood, and an atmosphere in each tableau...this isn't a cold, lifeless realism. There's a sense of life in every canvas. Upon viewing, you start to feel like you're spying on whomever was sitting at the table. It would be impossible to not be curious about those people.
There are countless perfectly painted details and nuances to absorb in each piece but the complexity is presented in such a tidy, orderly fashion, that it is visually inviting. Take a look and be sure to read Everard Read's description of Caryn Scrimgeour's work because it's far more articulate than mine!
|CARYN SCRIMGEOUR / LOST IN TRANSLATION / oil on canvas / 150 x 150 cm|
|CARYN SCRIMGEOUR / THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY / OIL ON CANVAS / 150 X 150 cm|
|CARYN SCRIMGEOUR / DIVERSIONS / OIL ON CANVAS / 150 X 150 cm|
|CARYN SCRIMGEOUR / THE GO-BETWEEN / oil on canvas / 40 x 130 cm|
|CARYN SCRIMGEOUR / SPIN / OIL ON CANVAS / 50 X 500 cm|
Oh my, I just want one for my own so badly. I am certain my computer isn't close to doing these paintings justice, so I hope to get to Cape Town soon so I can bum around Everard Read and view in person (plus the gallery and its garden look amazing). I'd gladly hang any Caryn Scrimgeour piece in my house, but if I got to pick, The Go-Between and Lost in Translation are probably my favorites. What about you? What are you thinking? Love / like / apathetic / hate?