Sunday, 24 February 2008

Tom Elliott, my artist friend.

Tom is my favorite still life painter and I have bought/exchanged/been given a number of his works. Here are a few for your contemplation.

This one pays homage to Hoogstraten








These ones below are not mine.




Tom sold a large painting at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2006 which makes him almost to pricey for me these days :-)

27 comments:

Trubes said...

What wonderful paintings Lilith, I particularly like the 'lemon' one.
The paintings could be worth quite a lot in years to come, if not already.
Hope you are all well, and Pig Pup is being a good Doggie. Any news on 'Daughter's' Oxford Interview ?

Di.xx

Lilith said...

Well spotted Trubes, Tom is a master of the luscious lemon.

Er, ref Oxford interview, I am trying to be discreet. All I can say is that she blew it in spectacular style, through a combination of a misunderstanding and poor preparation. Mummy is secretly relieved as her little girl is not really ready for it/they are not yet ready for her ;-)

Lilith said...

Tom paints a lot of fruit. He also paints cakes and biscuits My Girl points out. Her theory is because I have gorgeous pictures of fruit everwhere I subconciously think I am eating it and so fail to buy any when I go shopping. Her suggestion is that I get some of his cake paintings.

Philipa said...

I find the last one very poignant - it says to me, where is the person who's not at the breakfast table, has he/she died? Did they not come home? Have they left? Have they picked up a brush and paints to record their favourite moment of the day? It's intriguing.

Philipa said...

PS: I must get some paintings of cakes and biscuits!

Lilith said...

Yes, paintings of cakes Philippa are the answer! Don't want to end up like this guy

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7261888.stm

Philipa said...

Don't think there's much chance of that - eew!

Trubes said...

Sorry about Daughter 'blowing it', obviously isn't meant to ne at this time. I hope I havn't put my foot in it by asking, Lil.
None of my girls went to Oxbridge but have all done quite well in their chosen Careers. They always find their own levels. It's just the initial disappointment of, perhaps, feeling that you've let your parent/s down.
Pictures of cakes is a brilliant idea,can your friend do Gin and Tonic paintings too?

Lilith said...

It is actually Gin in the Christening Glass Trubes...:-)

My Girl is now talking about going to the Middle East to learn Arabic....

Philipa said...

Trubes - "They always find their own levels."?? Cripes I'm depressed! Every successful person has said that luck played a part.. but if you work your arse off you're more prepared to grab opportunities when they occur (but that doesn't explain John Prescott)

Most important thing is not to give up - best luck in all that she does Lil, only I wouldn't send her to Afhganistan, or Irag, or Iran..

Trubes said...

Dumbo Trubes; Fancy me not noticing Gin in a glass, the clues are there,ie. size and shape of glass and lemons, what a ass, theres no hope , must be the medication!
Glad Daughter is making plans for her future. The Middle East, how exciting ! 'The world is her oyster' and I wish her well in all she does.xx

Di.xx

Tuscan Tony said...

Blimey, Lil, blown away here by this chap's work.

I'm with rubes on the lemon. I would like to know whether the butter dish is decorated with mens winkles, as seems to be Tom's speciality when not depicting fruit.

Tuscan Tony said...

...or even "trubes" !!!

Stone cold sober and still the typing accuracy shocks

Lilith said...

You were not to know that it's gin Trubes..apparently it is easier to paint..:-)

I love his stuff TT.

The Hitch said...

AI YAH!
He is good isnt he?
I'm no art expert but I know what I hate, and I dont hate those*

Reminds me of a news item I saw , two Van Goughs bought by a Japanese bank .
From a distance they looked the same, close up one was a daub, the other(the real one)looked as if an angel had taken a picture into the palm of his hand and gently smeared it upon the canvass, something way beyond the Emins and Hirsts and the peasents who keep them in cocaine.

The Hitch said...

*Hat tip to Monty Burns

Despot, tyrant, despoiler of planet earth and shoe fetishist.

electro-kevin said...

They are fantastic ! I love them. LOVE them.

You have originals ??

Lilith said...

I won't be sending My Girl to Afghanistan, Pip. Although she has a friend who worked for an NGO in Kabul. She fancies Lebanon.

I just love Tom's work. It is more than a realistic vision of ordinary objects. I have a painting of a plate of olives he did which I can just look at for hours :-)

Lilith said...

My fave Monty Burns quote "I bring you LURVE"

Lilith said...

The top four pictured are in my house E-K. The first is big, the second third and fourth are medium sized... the butter for example is about 2'3 wide.

Elby the Beserk said...

Trubes,

The clue to the christening glass containing gin is that the liquid ish vishcoush. Hic. Yesh?

Scroblene said...

Lilith; the first one(Hoogstraten) is stunning. Tom Elliott does have a gift doesn't he!

I 'know' that view from something I've recalled years ago, obviously not this actual scene, but it is so damn moody, I'm going to print it off and stare at it all day!

Thanks for these; Mrs S would possibly explain to me that anything to do with gin and lemons is down to our dual self imposed rhinitis unpleasantness...

On the other hand, I'm getting better, so 'Up and away we go, through the fields, across the snow; big brown beastie big brown face, I'd rather be here than flying through space....'! (Mike Oldfield)!

Daughter said...

Not Lebanon, mullah. Syria, and Jordan.

Lilith said...

Ah, Syria and Jordan, my Poppet.

Lilith said...

Glad you like, Scroblene :-) If you have ever been to Dyrham House you may have seen the Hoogstraten in question.

Glad you are on the mend :-)

Philipa said...

Syria and Jordan? Forgive me daughter but I'd worry enough about you if you were in Oxford or York. Syria and Jordon would just do my head in.

Lilith said...

Yes, Mullah (Daughter's pet name for her mama) will be seriously fretful. But she will cross that bridge when she comes to it....after all, Daughter was going to be Prime Minister for a while...