The Renewal Trust present a fabulous exhibition in the City Arts window.
It features seven framed photographs, each reminiscent of ‘old master’ paintings. Local artist Grace Eden worked with older people to create the collection.
Grace’s sitters were aged between 60 and 90. Each piece was created through discussion with the sitter. By placing them at the heart of the experience, she has created a collection that is a fun and – in some cases – irreverent. The work challenges stereotypes of ageing.
Grace explains the project:
Glowing Older is my first ever commissioned project and for this series I have combined my admiration of my favourite painters with my high regard and connection with the older generation. Something which has most definitely evolved as a result of caring full-time for my father.
Each shoot for this collection has involved an abundance of costumes, fabrics, wigs, candlesticks, books and soul to create scenes that sang of yesteryear; a world that might have existed in the past. I was continually inspired by those masterful artists I admire so much: Vermeer, Rembrandt, Rossetti, just to name but a few. Working with their methods to ensure my portraits were lit enchantingly, playing on the use of light and shade just as the master painters themselves did. These portraits are a combination of love, mischief, memories, dedication, acceptance, beauty, hope, ageing but ultimately LIVING.
For me it wasn’t just an impulse to make portraits of the older generation, it was a necessity. I wanted to capture the passing of time and making of history with people who have lived it. Glowing older is a process so few are lucky enough to experience but those who do have stories to tell and I wanted to convey those stories. The artists that have inspired me through history painted the ebb and flow of life, sorrow in dark brush strokes, love and hope washed with golden light. I too have done the same with my portraits.
The only difference is, I have painted with my camera.