The still life can be the embodiment of values, tastes and time. It has the ability to appeal to the primary instincts of sex and human nature, of food and substance. Dean Home’s masterful works in this traditional genre are symphonies in composition, each scene dramatically composed and theatrically lit. Pushing the viewer into an almost cinematic close-up with each artfully arranged collection of objects (antique Chinese porcelain bowls, swathes of chiffon fabric, calligraphic brushes and fecund ripe fruit), the works provoke a palpable meditation on beauty, mortality and truth. At once hyper-realistic, expressionistic and wildly theatrical, Home’s paintings represent an artistic journey from the conventional to the contemporary; the raw to the refined.