A Study of Still Life

Join us in the Elusive Muse Study Hall as we explore a variety of still life paintings, drawings and artists, take what we learn and then create our own still life art pieces.

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Featured Artists

William Michael Harnett


(August 10, 1848 – October 29, 1892)
William was an Irish-American painter known for his trompe-l’œil still lifes of ordinary objects.

Harnett was born in Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland during the time of the potato famine. Shortly after his birth his family emigrated to America, settling in Philadelphia. Becoming a United States citizen in 1868, he made a living as a young man by engraving designs on table silver, while also taking night classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and later, in New York, at Cooper Union and at the National Academy of Design. His first known oil painting, a still life, dates from 1874.

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Paul Birchall


Born in England, Paul completed his studies in fine art at the Wimbeldon School of Art in London and further at Delhi School of Art in India. He studied photography, print making and ceramics at the Blackpool and Fylde College.

Before moving to Cape Town, he exhibited regularly in London and worked in the print making studios of London Contemporary Art fine art publishers.

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Norbert Marszalek


Norbert Marszalek is an artist, author, and co-founder of Neoteric Art, an online art magazine. He was born in Chicago and received a Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern Illinois University and has also studied at the American Academy of Art and The School of the Art Institute.

His paintings and works on paper have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles; the Richard Levy Gallery in Albuquerque; the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, Indiana; and the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago.

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Karen Appleton


Karen Appleton is a self-taught oil painter originally from the South, now living in Atlanta, GA. Represented by dk Gallery in Atlanta, Karen focuses on southern traditions, including food traditions of the South. She reflects on her upbringing through her work, painting people and the objects that bring people together.

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