Stephen Ibbott Reinterpreting Delacroix’s and Superman

Stephen Ibbott exhibited works from his still life series at the 2nd Annual Gallery House Exhibition “Truth, Light & Matter“. This show also included works by Ray Caesar, Joe Fenton, Gottfried Helnwein, Anita Kunz & Brian Richer.

Stephen Ibbotts still life series takes a new look at the still life genre, combining flat graphic areas with more realistically rendered things. Along with the traditional elements such as oranges and apples, etc., Ibbott aims to bring together various cultural artifacts and collectibles from throughout history. Often these are actually mass-produced reproductions or multiples, which can be found on eBay – like a statuette of Michelangelo’s David or a Tin Tin figurine. In the background, Ibbott will often hang a famous painting or a poster of one. As with much of his work, he like to suggest a narrative, but they are often kept intentionally vague and open to interpretation.

See works below with a short write up by Stephen Ibbott himself.

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Napoleon (2012), 30 x 30" Oil on Canvas

Born to be Bad (2012), 30x30" Oil on Canvas

This painting combines the Greek Statue of the Discus Thrower, the eponymous pulp novel, and Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory.” It is an important piece to me as it was the one in which the theme of the whole series was first crystallized.

– Stephen Ibbott

Liberty (2012), 30x30" Oil on Canvas

This still life brings together: Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People”; a figurine of the detectives in Tin Tin (about to take a dive); a pulp novel; and a Mars bar.

– Stephen Ibbott

Superman (2012), 30x30" Oil on Canvas

Along with the fruit, there is a Superman figurine who is being eyed by a Betty Boop bobble-head doll. On the wall is the poster for an art show that spans the time from Modernism to Pop.

– Stephen Ibbott

Tin Tin (2012), 30 x 30" Oil on Canvas