Cherry Pile 2c 42 x 54 inches Oil on mylar 2008
Neil Plotkin’s still lifes are a fresh take of a familiar theme, fruit and vegetables on a table. The emphasis is more on pictorial organization and expression than simply making an inventory of visual components that make fruit look familiar. The cliche of fruit on a table is further removed by the graphic tribute to Philip Guston’s late work, especially the still life paintings of cherries. These new paintings are a significant departure from his earlier cityscapes. I’m curious to see how far he will go in this new direction.
Neil also is a frequent contributor to Painting Perceptions and is traveling in Great Britain this summer and may be writing another article for us as his time permits.
Neil Plotkin said in his artist statement on his website:
“He has been exhibited nationally and internationally, both in solo shows and, by invitation, in shows such as the National Academy Museum’s Invitational Show in New York , and the “Take Home a Nude” auctions by Sotheby’s and Phillips de Pury. His work has been featured in publications such as Artinfo.com and Artist Magazine’s “20 artists under 40”.
Neil holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Michigan.
Cherry pile 2 Oil on mylar 2008 42 x 30 inches 2008
Rot 42 x 54 inches
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Brooklyn Bridge 2005 oil on linen 28 x 40 inches
Tug Boat 2005 oil on canvas 20 x 20 inches
Three cupcakes by Blue Wall 2005 26 x 26 inches oil on linen
5 Sour Cherries 2006 5 x 5 inches oil on wood