Still life with a pint of guinness – oil on panel – 53.5 x 74 cm
I haven’t painted that many still life subjects. This picture was painted entirely from life in a series of sittings. I wanted to do something reminiscent of the golden age of still life painting, this was back in the 17th century especially in Holland. Superficially my picture resembles these old-style paintings except that Guinness didn’t exist in the 17th century. Also I’ve painted a blue rose into the top left corner and as we all know there is no such thing. Some of the fruits and vegetables would not have been available in Europe during the 17th century. The wine glass contains a reflection of myself painting the picture.
When this painting was completed I did wonder if Guinness PLC might be interested in purchasing the item but I found it very difficult to get in touch with them. Then I thought, well they already have their own excellent marketing department, why would they need my contribution.
At present I have one excellent stretcher framed canvas print of this picture for sale at 150 GDP, the print size is 50 x 72 cm.