Photorealist Paintings of Scrabble, Seltzer Bottles, and Other Curiosities


There is something undeniably comforting about Steve Mills’ paintings. In a career that spans three decades, he has moved from expansive, seaside landscapes to photorealist depictions of everyday items — board games like Scrabble and Chinese checkers, old-fashioned seltzer bottles and Mason jars, newspapers, marbles sparkling in the light. Full of nostalgia and rustic charm, his work seems deeply influenced by his upbringing on Martha’s Vineyard (where he still spends summers). Click through to see a gallery of our favorite Mills paintings, and then visit his website to see a whole lot more.

Steve Mills, Challenge Me, 2005, oil on linen, 30″ x 40″ [Spotted via Colossal]

Steve Mills, Seltzer Blues, 2001, oil on linen, 30″ x 40″

Steve Mills, Leaning Left, 2011, oil on aluminum, 40″ x 60″

Steve Mills, Pens & Pencils 3, 1995, oil on linen, 32″ x 50″

Steve Mills, Unread, 2010, oil on aluminum, 32″ x 48″

Steve Mills, Straight Up, 2008, oil on aluminum, 34″ x 34″

Steve Mills, Easy Money, 2003, oil on linen, 22″ x 32″

Steve Mills, Jars of Light, 2001, 16″ x 38″

Steve Mills, Just Visiting, 2002, oil on linen, 20″ x 30″

Steve Mills, 36 Pages, 2000, oil on linen, 14″ x 18″