John Bratby
Still Life with Chip Frier 1954

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John Bratby 1928–1992
Still Life with Chip Frier
Date 1954
Medium Oil paint on hardboard
Dimensions Support: 1314 x 921 mm
frame: 1686 x 1278 x 135 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1956
Not on display

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This archetypal social realist picture is a modern still life. In place of the abundant natural produce traditionally found in still lifes, Bratby presents the modern kitchen with all its contraptions and processed foodstuffs. The bright colours and thick, clotted paint give these everyday objects an emphatic physical presence which verges on the three-dimensional.

The critic David Sylvester famously dismissed such pictures of domestic interiors as ‘kitchen sink’ painting. The label has also been applied to work by Derrick Greaves, Edward Middleditch, Jack Smith, and to a certain extent Peter Coker.

September 2004

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