Chateau Pichon Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande, 1982 Pauillac
Chateau Pichon Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande, 1982 Pauillac by Paul S. Brown
Oil on Canvas
32" x 39" / 81cms x 99cms
Paul’s still lifes always provide a visual banquet for the connoisseur of fine food and wine. Much of his work is deeply inspired by the flavours of produce that make their way onto his kitchen table and is often a celebration of the journey of farm and field to larder, cellar and kitchen. His still lifes breathe on the canvas; the shoots growing from onions, the daylight fading on a newly opened bottle of Brodeaux as a ripe brie oozes off a cheeseboard. Freshly harvested vegetables and a glorious abundance of foie gras and fowl provide an atmosphere of feasting to some works, whilst others become moments of pause and reflection – quiet glasses of the finest wine sipped in the afternoon sun with ripe slices of cheese.
Paul’s timeless visions of vintage wine and liquor have found favour with connoisseurs all over the world. These paintings are reflective of Paul’s love of a craft that, like his artistic style, requires a strict discipline in its foundation. As he observes, “There’s a rigorous practice that has to be adhered to in the making of the wine and that is mirrored in the reverential process of decanting, airing and serving it. I love that. When I’m setting the paintings up I’m imagining the pride that a person feels when opening their bottle. That’s how I know it’s a good picture, when I’m understanding it and feeling the same kind of pride in telling that story.”