Autumn de Forest shows us how it’s done
There’s something unspeakably cool about a nine-year-old producing art work that gets compared with that of Monet and Dali – obviously, I wish that had been me but at that age I was far too preoccupied with making mud pies to throw at the neighbours and generally annoying my older sister to be that interesting – but Autumn de Forest certainly has her finger firmly on the artistic pulse.
She spends her days, when not at school, obviously, working on canvases substantially bigger than she is – her father has even had to build a bridge-bench contraption so that she can reach parts of the board she is working on – and now the world at large is discovering her paintings for itself, with the youngster featuring on the Today Show, getting a mention in the Daily Mail and holding auctions to sell off her works (she’s just made $250,000 – hearty congratulations are in order).
But I could wax lyrical about her mad skills till the end of time and you’d probably still say, ‘she’s only nine. How good can they actually be?’ Well, it’s not just her ability with a paintbrush that impresses me – it’s the content that’s even more beyond her years, with images of cow skulls and foetuses creeping through. My favourite has to be Autumn Colours – at first glance, it looks like paint’s just been chucked about with carefree abandon, but beneath all that a face can just be made out. Haunting yet beautiful.
- Autumn de Forest: Child Artist on Today Show (Video) (nowpublic.com)
- Celebrating Art’s Prodigy Autumn de Forest (pamil-visions.net)
- For the love of Monet: Paris mounts major exhibit (seattletimes.nwsource.com)