Hip Hop and Painting Collide in Troy Chew’s Still Lifes

A peeled but uneaten banana sits in a toaster. A bottle of mouthwash rests on a bass drum. Seashells, tools and snails share a tabletop. Welcome to the intriguing world of Troy Chew and his still life paintings.

Troy Chew in his studio

I got to visit Troy in his studio recently at the Headlands Center for the Arts, where he is a graduate fellow following his MFA at California College for the…