Nature Morte Transfigured: Sculptural Still Life

Ron Isaacs

On view from April 1, 2011 to May 14, 2011.

As a Professor of painting and drawing for over thirty years in Eastern Kentucky, Ron Isaacs has quietly developed a rich and highly refined body of work. 

His pieces, composed of Finnish birch plywood and acrylic paints, deal with the same issues of illusion, shadow and texture found in much of 16th and 17th century Dutch genre painting.

However, instead of the flat plane, Isaacs creates works in three-dimensional forms. These works are constructed solely by additive methods that may sometimes require several hundred pieces of wood to construct one work.

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To Rust De

To Rust (detail), 24" x 17.75" x 2.5", Acrylic on birch plywood construction, 2010

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