With these meticulously observed still-life tableaux, Stephen Lovatt explores the idea that after long contemplation, a treasured object will seem to acquire a mysterious life of its own.
The objects themselves were accumulated over the course of many years, preserved because of their association with people, places and particular circumstances. They were the survivors, if you like, of all the objects that passed through his hands. Curiously, the paintings themselves have become survivors as the objects depicted were lost or damaged, along with most of Stephen’s other possessions, in a house fire.
Now Stephen’s home and possessions have been replaced, restored, or forgotten and these paintings represent a lost estate of former times.
Stephen Lovatt is currently working on a new body of work where memory and the past will be reinterpreted for the present.