In Praise Of The Older Man

10 Oct

I deplore the ageism that seems endemic in British culture and I address this in my art by using elder models in a lot of my work. We have two brilliant elder models in our life drawing group in Swansea, one male, one female, who are both retired professionals and art lovers. They’ve been modelling for many years and love it and bring so much experience and humanity to the process. I think it’s fascinating to observe the ageing process in the human body and I think a model in their 70’s is every bit as interesting and beautiful as one in their twenties. We really should grow up as a society and stop being so obsessed with the blandness of youth.


This is a large life drawing done into an A2 brown paper sketch book with white, black and sanguine conté crayons.

2 Responses to “In Praise Of The Older Man”

  1. gartholwglifedrawing October 11, 2011 at 10:12 #

    I agree with your blog on older models –

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