KEVIN BEST Born 1960, lives and works in New Zealand

Artist Kevin Best uses intensely realistic and lavishly crafted photographs to recreate the still life paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, bringing it to life.

He has amassed an extensive collection of items featured in the original Dutch paintings, such as giant drinking glasses (Roemers), delicate “Kraak” porcelain, German Westerwald jugs, agate and silver knives, and 300-year-old bronze candlesticks that have survived the damages of time. What Best can’t find, he makes, acquiring skills as a wood tuner, carpenter, set painter and a jeweler. With an encyclopedic knowledge of the symbolism and significance of every item used in the “canvas” of each of his shots, and how they interact with each other, Best’s work reinterprets old narratives in ways which resonate to this day.

What Best can’t find, he makes, acquiring skills as a wood tuner, carpenter, set painter and a jeweler.
Selected Works