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Marcia Perkins, Killdeer and Morandi

Marcia Perkins, Killdeer and Morandi (2013), oil on panel [Polychrome Fine Art, Victoria BC, Apr 21-May 5]

Marcia Perkins: Still Life Paintings

Polychrome Fine Art
Victoria BC – April 21-May 5, 2016

Marcia Perkins, The Peach and the Frog

Marcia Perkins, The Peach and the Frog (1994), oil on panel [Polychrome Fine Art, Victoria BC, Apr 21-May 5]

Marcia Perkins, See, Hear, Speak No Evil

Marcia Perkins, See, Hear, Speak No Evil (1990), oil on panel [Polychrome Fine Art, Victoria BC, Apr 21-May 5]

Marcia Perkins won the Kingston Prize in 2005 for a piece called Self-Portrait. In this 12" x 12" painting, we see a middle-aged woman staring unflinchingly out at the world with a look somewhere between peaceful and arrogant. She’s very grey: her hair, the shadows on her skin, her sweatshirt and apron are all grey. On the wall immediately behind her head is a bright, primary-coloured poster of birds sitting on a wedge of watermelon. The arrangement sounds simple enough, but the conflict set up within this composition is magical – paintings like this make us think.

The paintings exhibited at Polychrome are still lifes, oil on panel, measuring 8" x 36" from a series called Twenty Treasures. Perkins says that “each painting in this series depicts 20 small objects – the treasures of a life lived and recorded.” The objects in question include eggshells, seashells, skulls, breakable bric-a-brac and various other domestic ornaments, all arranged mantelpiece style. These objects are beautifully drawn and painted to a high degree of realism; they are curious and evocative in a way that is both familiar and historical. One thinks of Mother’s Day gifts and also of Jean-Baptiste Oudry while gazing at these remarkable paintings.

Christine Clark














Marcia Perkins, Time Flies

Marcia Perkins, Time Flies (2014), oil on panel [Polychrome Fine Art, Victoria BC, Apr 21-May 5]

Marcia Perkins, Eight Objects: Attentive

Marcia Perkins, Eight Objects: Attentive (2002), oil on panel [Polychrome Fine Art, Victoria BC, Apr 21-May 5]


 Thu, Apr 21, 2016