Christopher Garvey
Summerville, South Carolina

Christopher Garvey focuses on the still life in his work, capturing objects like dishes and fruit with impressive clarity. He currently lives in South Carolina and finds inspiration in Renaissance and Baroque art. When it comes to technique, he enjoys the challenge of accurate drawing and the transparent qualities of oil paint. He has collected many books over the years, which he uses to improve his practice.

Artist and Customer Comments

commentsSpider Mum
L Wells purchased this artwork. 6/5/2016 | 11:56 AM

Love it. I have just the right place for it. Nice work.

Christopher Garvey 2/2/2015 | 1:43 PM

Thank you very much.

commentsLemons and Water with Vase
C Moore 1/30/2015 | 8:25 PM

Christopher, Beautiful painting. Well done.

Christopher Garvey 9/30/2013 | 3:41 PM

Thank you. 9/21/2013 | 8:01 PM

Very nice work!!!

Christopher Garvey 1/13/2013 | 7:07 PM

Thanks. I'm very glad to hear that you're happy with the painting. It makes me happy knowing that it's in good hands.

commentsStill Life with Lemons
L H purchased this artwork. 1/13/2013 | 1:55 PM

We enjoy viewing the newest addition to our family! The light and dark contrast is done so perfectly. This painting definitely has an old soul! Thank you for creating it!

UGallery 10/25/2012 | 7:07 PM

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Vanitas with Stripes

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Signed on front

16" h x 20" w x 1" d
2 lbs. 0 oz.


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"Vanitas with Stripes" is a modern take on a classical category of painting. The vanitas required that the viewer think about mortality. The glasses can be either half empty or half full. 

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Oil painting

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Stretched canvas

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