It’s art week here at the Womens Room; both Amanda and I will be visiting Frieze and I have been researching up and coming exhibitions for new seasons colour influences – yes people I am in A/W 17/18 already!
I was inspired to read about artist Carmen Herrera who has an exhibition at the Whitney next year. Herrera is 100 years old and still paints every day in her New York studio. Her work is precise, abstract and full striking colour combinations.
Interestingly after six decades of private painting, it was only when she was 89 years old that she gained recognition from the art world – selling her first artwork in 2004 – with the The Observer calling her the “discovery of the decade”.
Herrera has said of her work, “I do it because I have to do it; it’s a compulsion that also gives me pleasure.”
I’m often surprised when people tell me they can’t wait to retire and love to read about people who are still actively involved in their work well into old age – of course it helps if you do something you love.