PAULETTE TAVORMINA

30 JUNE - 25 JULY 2015

Beetles and Huxley are delighted to present the first major UK exhibition of Paulette Tavormina. Sumptuous, luscious and haunting, Tavormina's photography is much more than just 'natura morta'. Deriving from a set of influences that owes more to the art of the seventeenth century than that of the present, Tavormina's work takes precedent from the Golden Age of still life painting.

Sometimes spending an entire week on the meticulous arrangement and photographing of her compositions, Tavormina fastidiously pulls together the visual and symbolic connections between quotidian objects to produce images of powerful emotional resonance. Featuring works from her series Natura Morta and Bodegón, this summer's retrospective of Tavormina's photographs will show her work to be part of a trend in contemporary photography towards reclaiming genres of art that have previously been the reserve of more traditional mediums.

A largely self-taught photographer, Tavormina was previously a prop and food stylist. Her work has been exhibited by galleries in Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago, and is held by museums including the Alimentarium, Musée de l'Alimentation, Vevey, Switzerland; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida and the Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame University, Indiana. She lives and works in New York City.

ROSES AND FIGS, 2013 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ROSES AND FIGS, 2013

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STILL LIFE WITH MELONS AND BASKET, AFTER LM, 2014 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STILL LIFE WITH MELONS AND BASKET, AFTER LM, 2014

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STILL LIFE WITH FIGS AND APRICOTS, AFTER LM, 2014 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STILL LIFE WITH FIGS AND APRICOTS, AFTER LM, 2014

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CAULIFLOWER AND PEACHES, AFTER J.S.C., 2010 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CAULIFLOWER AND PEACHES, AFTER J.S.C., 2010

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CRANBERRY BEANS, AFTER GG, 2009 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CRANBERRY BEANS, AFTER GG, 2009

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PEACHES AND MORNING GLORIES, AFTER GG, 2010 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PEACHES AND MORNING GLORIES, AFTER GG, 2010

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LEMONS AND PEONY, AFTER F.D.Z., 2009 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

LEMONS AND PEONY, AFTER F.D.Z., 2009

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WILD RASPBERRIES, AFTER G.G., 2013 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

WILD RASPBERRIES, AFTER G.G., 2013

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WATERMELON RADISHES, 2009 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

WATERMELON RADISHES, 2009

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STILL LIFE WITH JAMON IBERICO, AFTER LM, 2014 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STILL LIFE WITH JAMON IBERICO, AFTER LM, 2014

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CORNUCOPIA, 2014 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CORNUCOPIA, 2014

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STILL LIFE WITH QUINCE AND JUG, AFTER LM, 2014 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STILL LIFE WITH QUINCE AND JUG, AFTER LM, 2014

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CRABS AND LEMONS, AFTER P.C., 2009 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CRABS AND LEMONS, AFTER P.C., 2009

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QUINCE, AFTER GG, 2008 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

QUINCE, AFTER GG, 2008

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FIGS AND MORNING GLORIES, AFTER GG, 2010 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FIGS AND MORNING GLORIES, AFTER GG, 2010

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STRAWBERRIES, 2009 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STRAWBERRIES, 2009

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STILL LIFE WITH CAULIFLOWER AND BREAD, AFTER LM, 2014 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STILL LIFE WITH CAULIFLOWER AND BREAD, AFTER LM, 2014

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CABBAGE AND MELON, AFTER JSC, 2010 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CABBAGE AND MELON, AFTER JSC, 2010

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PLUMS WITH CHINESE WALNUTS, AFTER GG, 2013 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PLUMS WITH CHINESE WALNUTS, AFTER GG, 2013

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LEMONS AND PRICKLY PEARS, 2013 by PAULETTE TAVORMINA (Born 1949) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

LEMONS AND PRICKLY PEARS, 2013

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