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The subject of 'chairs' for painters is clearly a popular one. Be them industrial, traditional, mid-century modern or ethereal, they dominate many a painters' canvas.
Going back to such masters as Sargent, Van Gogh and Matisse as well as contemporary masters like David Hockney, the 'chair' has been a constant source of study.
Above: Chair by William Singer Sargent
Above: Chair With Peaches (or Lorain Chair), Henri Matisse
Above: Van Gogh's ubiquitous chair
Above: David Hockney's Chair painting
There are so many talented contemporary artists who paint chairs as subjects, it was hard to choose whose work to share with you.
For this particular post, I've showcased some prolific contemporary realists and their chair paintings.
Like the previous post on swimming pools, I love the the fact that these chairs are not occupied by people. It makes the actual chair the figure in the painting, personifying it in such a manner that a human presence would only fight with the content.
I hope you enjoy the following works by Ada Sadler, Karen Hollingsworth, James Shilaimon, Christopher Stott and Matt Condron.
Some of Ada Sadler's beautifully rendered work:
Karen Hollingsworth's elegant, ethereal and lonely chairs:
Above: Karen Hollingsworth
Below are some of James Shilaimon's breezy and inviting chair paintings:
The technically superb work of Christopher Stott:
Above: Christopher Stott
And lastly, Matt Condron's work, evocative of middle America's waiting rooms, bus terminals and laundromats:
Have a thing for chairs? Then these may interest you:
Above: Tashen's book on Chairs
Buy it here.
Above: Vitra's Chair Poster
Buy the Vitra Chair Poster here.
Vitra's Miniature Chair Collection. All available designs can be bought by clicking the link below:
Available for purchase here.