Baby Boomers – Almost There!

 

I’ve drawn Number 99! Almost there!

A while back, I set myself the task of drawing one hundred Baby Boomers, because I’m a Baby Boomer and because nature is now culling our generation. There’s a lot of media attention on us, much of it negative, so I decided that I wanted to record not only people’s faces but also what it meant to them to be a Baby Boomer. It’s been fascinating and I haven’t quite finished. That last one is very elusive! I have a person in mind for number 100 but so far we haven’t been able to get our diaries to coincide. Busy Boomers.

 

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Hedonistic Lifestyle

The media stereotype of Baby Boomers tends to be that we’re all privileged and selfish but, although one or two are still living the hedonistic lifestyle of the 1960 and 1970s, many of us started out in poverty that cannot be imagined now, are grateful for the opportunities we have had to improve our lives, and are still actively contributing, still working, volunteering, starting businesses, doing huge amounts of childcare for grandchildren, giving financial support to younger relatives and are so worried about the future for our kids and grandkids. It’s been enlightening.

 

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Iconic Imagery

One thing I hadn’t expected when I started was how important the conversations I’ve had would become. I’ve managed to draw people from different socio-economic backgrounds, different nationalities and ethnic origins, and these conversations have inspired me. I’ve slowly built up a whole load of iconic imagery from these conversations. I’ve started putting out feelers for what to do with this body of work – some avenues have already been closed off but there are others to explore and I’m confident that this body of work will finally be exhibited in 2019.

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