Friday • July 22nd, 2022
Arch Enemy Arts is thrilled to present SILL LIFE, our first solo feature of New England artist Chil Mott. An incredible selection of 5 original oil paintings, each depicts a stunningly magnified view of deceased insects.
With brilliant specificity and careful technique, Mott’s paintings are meticulously rendered through endless layers of oil glazing. By simply replicating the crisp transparency of a dragonfly's wing, or the iridescence of a blue bottle’s delicate exoskeleton, his seamless photorealism presents a deceptive ease. A style that was immediately born at the beginning of the artist’s mere 6 years in painting, Chil attributes this unique subject as more happenstance than being contrived.
A body of work that has become an unlikely continuation, the series grows:
“I started out with one portrait of a wasp that had met its end trapped inside the back door. I had no intentions of doing a series, much less 25 (so far) but I was quickly drawn into the grisly world of insect life, death, and decay. I was initially looking for a subject that would allow me to explore whichever direction I wanted to take my painting, but it feels as if the subject has directed me more than I have guided it. Like most subject matter, the further I dig into it the more potential seems to appear. Some possibilities are more compositional, some emotional and some more direct. The longer I examine the more I find myself identifying with these bugs. I'm trying to decamp from the repressive cobwebs in my brain.”
-- writeup by Alexander Medlin II
Chil Mott's SILL LIFE exhibition will be on view from July 22nd - August 14th, 2022.
Sold works will begin to ship the week of August 21st, unless other arrangements have been made.
All items marked with a red dot have been sold.
Payment plan options are available.
"Sill Life No. 21 (Wisdom)" (2022) oil on board 16" x 16" $2000 USD
"Sill Life No. 18" (2021) oil on board 18" x 18" $2000 USD
"Sill Life No. 23" (2022) oil on board 16" x 16" $2000 USD
"Sill Life No. 22" (2022) oil on board 16" x 16" $2000 USD
"Sill Life No. 9" (2019) oil on board 16" x 16" $2000 USD
"New Neurologist" (2022) by Chil Mott signed and numbered limited edition of 20 printed on Canson Infinity Edition Etching Rag paper 16" x 20" paper size $50 USD click the pic to access the print store link
PAST CATALOG WORKS
all works marked with a red dot have been sold.
available pieces are eligible to be purchased with a payment plan / shipped worldwide
"Sill Life No. 14 (Ode to Summer)" (2020) oil on board 20" x 20" $2500 USD