Spotlight Art – Still Life (In the Manner of a 1970s Cookbook) – A painting by Phil McAloon

Phil McAloon's paintings

It was only as I neared the crescendo of this symphony in brown that I realised it looks like the cover of a 1970s cookbook. Appropriately, I modelled it on Chardin. I say appropriately because French cooking seems to have had a stranglehold on Australian dinner parties in the 1970s. For ten long years the middle classes appear to have lived solely off duck a l’orange and French onion soup, interspersed with the occasional fondue party. It is a wonder anyone survived.

In a secondhand frame I bought for $3 from the op shop.

In its pre-framed form.

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