Studio has an element of appraisal, a sense of summing up, as the artist entered the last productive decade of his life and career. It is strong, almost harsh, and unflinchingly honest. Autonomy, free will, and agency are all vital elements in Colville’s world view, but the sick and elderly can progressively lose their autonomy, their ability to control their bodies and their lives. They become objects of care, the responsibility of others. That awareness, and an acceptance tinged with regret, infuses this painting.