Museum of Brisbane

Share Your Still Life Challenge

  • Create a still life and share it with us!

Share Your Still Life Challenge

Show us your still life! Be inspired by the artworks featured from the Museum’s collection and paint or draw a collection of items from your kitchen.

If drawing or painting is not your thing, try creating a still life from physical objects in your home and take photos or create a collage by cutting out images from magazines you might have around the house. Need some inspiration? Check out our Food & Art profiles.

Remember to tag @museumofbrisbane #MoBStillLifeChallenge so we can see your foodie creations.


Banner: John Honeywill (Brisbane b. 1952), Jug and Washboard (detail) 2007, oil on linen. City of Brisbane Collection, Museum of Brisbane. | Image: Still Life Challenge collage artwork by Erola Pratt.

From the Collection

Food has long been a source of artistic inspiration for artists from still life to detailed interior scenes. Food as a subject matter was traditionally represented in still life painting through fresh produce carefully arranged within domestic environments. 

 

The still life tradition continues to flourish and is reinterpreted by contemporary artists who have added their own experiences to the genre, often experimenting with the absence of food and homewares in their interior scenes. Food has also been used as medium and as a way of connecting people and sharing stories.

Images: Marian Drew (Bundaberg b. 1960), Bottle and pear (detail) 1996, type C photograph. City of Brisbane Collection, Museum of Brisbane. | Virginia Ferrier (Brisbane 1927 – 1988), The Twelve Zucchinis (detail) c1985, oil on panel. City of Brisbane Collection, Museum of Brisbane. | John Honeywill (Brisbane b. 1952), Jug and Washboard (detail) 2007, oil on linen. City of Brisbane Collection, Museum of Brisbane.