The recent news articles about the winner of the £25,000 John Moores Painting Prize, Rose Wylie have really made me think.
If one of the reasons for producing art is to shock and make people ask questions, well then this time it worked! I had never heard of Rose Wylie or seen any of her work and so seeing her prize winning painting was something of a surprise and a "sit up and take notice!" moment for me.
This is her winning painting "PV Windows and Floorboards"
I've been looking around and researching her, looking at her art on line, reading articles and watching videos of her being interviewed. Fascinating stuff if only because she is 80 years old and is being described as an up and coming artist.
What intrigues me is her utter unconcern about how her work is viewed and how she has all these years kept to her particular vision of what she wants to create as art despite up til now being largely ignored and her paintings not selling. She appears not to be interested in putting over a message or communicating or creating something which would be described in traditional terms as beautiful.