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Drawing the Last Breath: Portraits of my Father by Daniel Fooks – Meet the artist evening

23rd March 2018 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm

In person | Virtual event

 Drawing the Last Breath: Portraits of my Father by Daniel Fooks –  Meet the artist evening

You are invited to view the exhibition and meet with the artist.

Refreshments served.  All welcome

In our society we have a tendency to look upon death and dying with a sideways glance. This exhibition – a series of powerful drawings by  Daniel  Fooks  of his father on his death bed – tackles the issue head on.

Fooks was very close to his father and had drawn and painted him since childhood. Not only did he document his father’s chemotherapy treatment in 2014 but he got his  permission to photograph and draw him when the time came for him to die. Chris Fooks died on 4th November 2016 at the age of 74.

“Witnessing the death of someone you love is a very strange and intense experience. What I saw that day left its mark  and I knew I had to do something with it – it was like his last gift to me.”

Since his father’s death, Fooks has returned constantly to the subject, using his art as an aid to the process of grieving.

“I like to think that Art can defeat Death but who am I kidding… I am going to miss that old man every day for the rest of my life, and doing a few drawings isn’t going to sort that!”

Daniel Fooks is a Scottish artist known for his portraits of the actor Peter Capaldi, exhibited in The National Portrait Gallery. He has also drawn and painted well-known actors, writers and musicians including Billy Bragg, Raymond Briggs, Jonathan Meades, Kenneth Cranham, David Morrissey, Mark Cousins, Michael Palin and Olivia Coleman.

He currently lives and works in Surrey.

“Life-affirming drawings which are deeply moving and tender” – Alain de Botton


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