Still life with potatoes, David Strachan
  • Artist
    David Strachan
  • Born
    1919
  • Died
    1970
  • Title
    Still life with potatoes
  • Date of Production
    1956
  • Medium
    oil on composition board
  • Dimensions
    46.7 x 68.5 cm
  • Credit Details
    LJ Wilson Bequest Fund, 1972

David Strachan

Still life with potatoes

English born David Strachan arrived in Australia in 1921 and grew up in the Creswick area. In 1936 Strachan left Australia for London and Paris to study, returning to Australia in 1938-9 where he attended the George Bell School, Melbourne and East Sydney Technical College. A member of the Merioola Group established in Sydney in 1945, Strachan travelled extensively in Europe and Britain between 1948 and 1960.

Painted in London in 1956 prior to the artist embarking on Jungian analysis, Still life with potatoes is one of a series of still lifes and interiors in which Strachan, who spent a considerable amount of time in Paris during 1948-55, has allowed the colour called 'French Blue' to dominate.

In an interview in 1962 with Hazel de Berg, Strachan said of his subject matter: "The objects that I choose are nearly always banalities or very close to it because… (they) have got something of an archetypal quality… our feet are getting moved more and more from the earth, and that is where we must return".