Giclee print, 2020
47 x 31 cm
This photograph was shown in Litehouse Gallery’s Home: Through the Artist’s Eyes, in 2020. It was part of a series of portraits of familiar and commonplace subjects in his home. In this series ordinary earthenware glazed jugs are magically lit from within, vibrant colours and concentric rings of yeast on unloved windfall pears become sculpture. The Rococo swirls and Gothic tracery of cast iron in two adjacent garden seats create a new more powerful dialogue. A fruit cage whose inhabitants are part used, resembles a section from Dutch painter Jan Davidsz de Heem’s ‘Still Life with Ham, Lobster and Fruit’. c. 1653.
Photographer Chris Ward is a Londoner. Self-taught from an early age, his images have been published in Financial Times Weekend, Time Out and Evening Standard. He has done commercial work in fashion and music, including the MOBO Awards. In his photography, Ward identifies the drama in the mundane, where magical moments are fleeting and often unnoticed. Finding and seeing these “accidental still lives”, turning the play of light or interaction of textures into intriguing chiaroscuro and abstractions.