Still Lifes
1994-1999

Still Lifes #1-#99
Woodstock, NY and New York City

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Still Life #97, with Branch and Vase. 1999. o/c, 34" x 24", 86 cm x 61 cm
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Still Life #98, with Branch. 1999. o/c, 50" x 46", 127 cm x 117 cm
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Still Life #99, with Branch. 1999. o/c, 38" x 32", 97 cm x 81 cm
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Still Life #91, with Rosebowl. 1999. o/c, 34" x 48", 86 cm x 122 cm
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Still Life #90, with Branch. 1999.
o/c, 30" x 22", 76 cm x56 cm
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Still Life #87, with Rudbekias. 1999.
o/c, 30" x 22", 76 cm x56 cm
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Still Life #86, with Branch and Pears. 1999. o/c, 32" x 44", 81 cm x 112 cm
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Still Life #85, with Branch and Nuts. 1999. o/c, 34" x 48", 86 cm x 122 cm
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Still Life #84, with Bread and Oranges. 1999. o/c, 62" x 31", 157 cm x 79 cm
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Still Life #81, with Fall Branch. 1999. o/c, 32" x 52", 81 cm x 132 cm
Still Life #81, with Fall Branch. 1999. o/c, 32" x 52", 81 cm x 132 cm
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Still Life #80, with Sunflower in Bronze Vase. 1999. o/c, 26" x 18", 66 cm x 46 cm
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Still Life #79, with Red Dahlia. 1998. o/c, 36" x 24", 91 cm x 61 cm
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"Overall, Azank's work reminds us of a chromatic Mozart. In fact, much like Mozart's chamber music, these still lifes of bottles, flowers, branches, candles, glass, and bread, carefully and fastidiously arranged and crafted on a plane of spacious and desolate beauty, convey a world of perfect formal harmony; and like in Mozart's music, we find the same elegance and eloquence of line, the same simplicity of composition and innocuous unpretentious honesty. It was this simplicity of composition, entirely devoid of ornaments or embellishments-classical in essence-that made me appreciate all the more the spirit of Azank's work; powerful, but certainly passionate in its use of bold and saturated colors, fervid but contained, brimming with thought and with a stern and yet undeniable human character. In fact, one might say that Azank does not paint still lifes but rather portraits of non-living objects.

 

Still Life 77 of a bottle exemplifies this condition. Here we see a sensuous, curvaceous bottle painted in a bold dark green. The bottle, larger than life in scale, wears a rope. The rope and its candle cork keep it dressed, and more importantly, contained. The desolate bi-planar background with its foreboding, ascetic colors, serves to intensify this soliloquy at center stage; it also heightens the scale of this larger than life character. The light from the candle enhances the drama by producing a robust shadow and subtle shades of light and dark. The interplay between the two-dimensional background and the three-dimensional rope and wax heighten the overall presence of the bottle which at times seems to express sheer pathos in its reclusive loneliness. God help us when the candle consumes itself! The overall feeling leads us to believe that this is a portrait of a bottle and not a still life."

from The Metaclassical Style of Roberto Azank by Dr. Ronald Vigo, 1998

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Still Life #77, with Candle Bottle. 1998. o/w, 18" x 14", 46 cm x 36 cm
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Still Life #78, Gladiolus in Bottle, 1998.
o/c, 24" x 18", 61 cm x 46 cm 
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Still Life #76, with Branch, 1998.
o/c, 34" x 28", 86 cm x 71 cm 
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Still Life #74, with Branch, Bowl and Apples. 1998. o/c, 36" x 60", 91 cm x 152 cm
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Still Life #69, with Lemons, Candle and Tulips. 1998. o/c, 32" x 52", 81 cm x 132 cm
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Still Life #65, with Fall Branch. 1998.
o/c, 32" x 52", 81 cm x 132 cm
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Still Life #61, with Two Yellow Roses. 1998.
o/c, 30" x 32", 76cm x 81cm 
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Still Life #60, with Grass Leaves. 1997.
o/c, 50" x 46", 127 cm x 117 cm 
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Still Life #60, with Day Flower Leaves. 1997. o/c, 50" x 46", 127 cm x 117 cm 
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Still Life #61, with Two Yellow Roses. 1998.
o/c, 30" x 32", 76cm x 81cm 
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Still Life #56, with Bronze Bowl and Branch. 1998. o/c, 30" x 32", 76cm x 81cm 
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Still Life #59, with Branch in Bronze Vase. 1997.
o/c, 50" x 46", 127 cm x 117 cm 
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Still Life #57, with Dogwood and Apples. 1997. o/c, 39" x 62", 91 cm x 157 cm
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Still Life #54, with Oranges, Bottle and Branch. 1997. o/c, 32" x 56", 81 cm x 142 cm
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Still Life #50, with Apples, Candle and Branch. 1997. o/c, 62" x 40", 157 cm x 102 cm
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Still Life #49, with Branch and Apples. 1997.
o/c, 29" x 32", 74 cm x 81 cm 
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Still Life #42, with Branch and Vase. 1996.
o/c, 30" x 28", 76 cm x 71 cm 
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Still Life #41, Autumn Still Life. 1996. o/c, 40" x 52", 102 cm x 132 cm
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Still Life #32, with Branch, Apple and Candle. 1996. o/c, 40" x 52", 102 cm x 132 cm
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Still Life #37, with Apples, Bottle and Branch. 1995. o/c, 24" x 36", 61 cm x 91 cm
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Still Life #35, with Nuts, Bottle and Branch. 1995. o/c, 24" x 36", 61 cm x 91 cm
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Still Life #28, with Gladiolus and Vase. 1995.
o/c, 30" x 32", 76 cm x 81 cm
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Still Life #14, with Candle and Branch. 1994. a/c, 18" x 28", 46 cm x 71 cm
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Still Life #1, with Bottle and Glass. 1994.
a/c, 24" x 18", 61 cm x 46 cm
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Still Life #20, with Lamp and grass leaves.
1995. a/c, 18" x 24", 46 cm x 61 cm
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Still Life #6, with Bottle and Glass. 1994.
a/c, 18" x 24", 46 cm x 61 cm
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