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Crispin Akerman has earned a significant reputation for the elegant simplicity and fine balance he achieves within his favoured genre of still life painting. He uses a timeless vocabulary of domestic items such as ceramics, fruit, drapery and enamelware as well as native Australian flora to capture a sense of quiet contemplation, history and beauty. While the works are largely observational, the arrangement of the objects is highly constructed over underlying geometries, allowing for the exploration of harmony, balance, tension, light and atmosphere. His paintings explore their intimate nature in a non-specific location. The elements of this genre that Crispin finds so interesting are “the contemplative potential in it, the suggestion of the kinetic in the static, the metaphysical promise present in the very words, still life”.

Born in England, Crispin Akerman came to Australia with his family in 1966. He spent many years in the music industry but decided in 1989 to pursue his lifelong interest in the visual arts. He received a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Canberra School of Art in 1992 and has since received significant recognition for his painting. Crispin’s first solo exhibition was held at Beaver Galleries in 1995 and his popularity has gone from strength to strength with each exhibition. Crispin’s paintings are represented in collections including Artbank, Parliament House, BHP Billiton, the Australian National University, Canberra Eye Hospital and the City of Bunbury.

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      $8500 Still life with Protea - oil on linen, 71 x 122cm

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      $5800 Peaches - oil on linen, 66 x 56cm

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      $5800 Proteas and antique wallpaper - oil on linen, 66 x 56cm

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      $2400 Peaches and rug - oil on linen, 25 x 35cm

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      $2400 Blue jar, pear and antique wallpaper - oil on linen, 30 x 30cm

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      $2400 Jar, jug and lemon - oil on linen, 30 x 30cm

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      $1500 Study I - watercolour on paper, 29 x 55.5cm, framed

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