Artist Rose Wylie, 80, is not slowing down
"Until quite recently Wylie was only known to a small group of art world cognoscenti. The art world can be a mean place. If you don’t make it as a young emerging artist, chances are you will be out in the wilderness until you might get discovered in your twilight years. Rose Wylie is a case in point. In 2010, aged 76, Wylie was the only non-American in Women to Watch at the National Museum of Women the Arts in Washington. Germaine Greer wrote an article exalting her in response to this show; she was given a spotlight show at Tate Britain in 2013, won the John Moore painting prize for painting in 2014, was elected a Royal Academician in 2015 and was featured in the 2015 Royal Academy summer exhibition, winning the Charles Wollaston Award for 'most distinguished work in the exhibition'.
I like to think that William Turner himself would have admired Wylie’s attitude. Her obsessive need to draw, make visual notes and observe would have impressed him. While there were few female artists in his time, he would have admired a woman who, rather than taking it easy in her 80s, is embracing her ability to share her work and ideas with a younger generation of artists and continues to make new work." - Karen Wright via The Independent