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Friday, January 23, 2009

NIE AUCTION ITEM #7 - Oil on Canvas: "Birds With Bananas"

18 x 24 inches

From the artist: "I painted this little beauty in the Spring of 2007. I was originally just doing a still life of some bananas. When I was finished with it, however, I thought it needed something. I honestly can't tell you why I picked blackbirds, but I did. Maybe because they both started with the letter "b", maybe it was the contrast between the yellow and the black, or maybe because it reminded me of a simplified version of the old Vanitas paintings done in Europe during the 16-17th centuries. I like to say the latter is the reason, for after all, paintings done in the vanitas style are meant as a reminder of the transience of life, and that is beautiful, something I need to be reminded of more often."

From: Beth Ann Allen

Value: $50