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Art after Loss – Online Gallery

This gallery is a safe place for anyone, from professional artists to adults or children who have never consider themselves to be artists, to share their expression of loss through art. The art shared here might be a drawing or painting, a photograph or poem, collage, fabric creation or a link to a song. Any medium of art is welcome.

 

Everything we do helps people feel connected after bereavement

Everyone experiences bereavement and loss and each individual will feel different.  In addition, some people want support with bereavement and others choose to grieve privately.  After loss, you may experience a wide variety of emotions, which may change over time and can often be very conflicting and challenging.

As part of our commitment to supporting wellbeing, we can help share resources about bereavement support and you are welcome to attend our bereavement support group, if you think that it might be helpful to listen and talk in a peer-support session.  However, many people that we have supported have told us that they have found different ways to express their emotions, share their feelings and have used creativity to help support their wellbeing after loss.

With this in mind, we have created this online art gallery to celebrate and share some of the beautiful and meaningful ways that people have used art to help them after a loss or bereavement.  We hope that this provides a platform for people to share their art, and that it may inspire others to use art to support them after loss or bereavement.

If you would like you art to be displayed on the online gallery then please do get in touch.  If you would be happy to share some brief information about your art work then that would be really helpful.

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Fiona Odle - Viaduct

I am a Yorkshire Impressionist Artist working and teaching in my studio in Knaresborough. I specialise in semi abstract acrylics. I paint with bits of plastic cut to various sizes instead of using brushes. This gives me textures unique to the style. I like to work out how much of a view I can leave out and still recognise it. That is my inspiration.

This painting of the Blue Viaduct was inspired by the questions I had following my dad’s passing in 2019. It became the focal point for many paintings as the light beyond the bridge opens questions to what happens after a life is over and a reminder that we are all going down stream without a definite idea of what is in store in our future. Looking through the arch is a glimpse of that. Clients who buy my viaduct paintings always mention that they are drawn beyond the bridge into the distance and it brings up questions for them too.

Fiona Odle

Make Time to Listen

I took up sewing regularly as part of my way of coping in lockdown. “Make Time To Listen” is made from the corduroy of some much-loved trousers and inspired by Japanese sewing and mending techniques – Sashiko and Boro – which I began to work on as the anniversary of losing a friend to suicide was approaching. I was inspired by speaking to Jonathan Parker who leads Man About Town, a project that works with men at a high risk of suicide supporting them to engage with a wider community who told me “It’s good to talk but it’s great to listen.

I wanted to capture the busy, noisy nature of life, the many worries and things to think about and also the need for space, for quiet, for listening to yourself, for taking a moment to be in the present moment, to make time for the people you love. The sewing took quite a time to make and so it travelled around with me everyday, coming along to work, to visit friends, on shopping trips; acting as a daily reminder to tend to myself and my relationships and it felt like it helped me through a difficult time.

Geraldine Montgomerie is an artist, writer and charity worker interested in how arts can benefit health.

This new series of work has co-incidentally been named “Circulus Plenus” (Full Circle in Latin). This particular piece chosen to be exhibited in this Exhibition is “Circulus Plenus 1” is the first piece Andi created in response to a difficult period in her life following the death of both her parents in quick succession. Andi was able to explore her grief and emotions through her love of painting. She experienced a new freedom with paint and scale.

 

“Circulus Plenus 1” is available an as Original framed piece for £1750 or as a Limited Edition print of 25 in A1 size., framed for £550. The Artists new website is currently under construction but you can browse the Exhibition History.

 

Andi Robinson is a an Artist who came to the Profession later in life following a successful career as a Personal Injury Solicitor

After losing my Grandad in 2019 I wanted to create a piece of work that focused on my relationship with mortality, grief, and nature. The ever-changing transformation of life from birth, through growth until we disappear, leaving only traces of what once was.

 

‘Traces’ is also available as a photobook which is for sale for just £10. Contact Jodie if interested.

 

Jodie Beardmore

The narrative for the Dancing Steve Out of Life is as follows – I had never lost someone I loved before, and could not believe he would leave me. I had begun the paintings for the A Graceful Death exhibition as my partner Steve faded away from this life with his cancer, but I could not accept he would actually die. This painting tells another story. Here, I dance with Steve into the future, but at some point I knew he would have to peel off, and go on alone. On a deeper level, I knew and accepted what would happen. I knew I would have to let him go. This painting is for all of us who have to dance someone out of this life, we go so far, and no further. We do the best we can, and our loved one must finish the journey alone. We have to let them go. And it breaks our hearts at the time.

 

Antonia Rolls is a doula, artist, author and creator of A Graceful Death videos.

The narrative for the Alone painting is as follows – this painting is one of three showing the loneliness of bereavement. I am sitting here with my eyes red from crying, my expression sad and lost. Next to me is an empty chair, where Steve used to sit, and all that I have left of him now are his slippers. I feel empty, and alone, and his slippers have the imprint of his feet still in them. This is a painting about the simplicity of loss, and when the tears stop, we just sit.

 

Antonia Rolls is a doula, artist, author and creator of A Graceful Death videos.

Art after loss

My dad passed away in January and was cared for by Full circle funerals… he had a passion for art and we would often walk around the Tate galleries in St Ives Cornwall, on our yearly holidays, making memories spending “Daddy and daughter time” together as he used to say… He taught me how to sew after starting his career in upholstery and therefore one of my final promises to him was that I would find my passion again and make something from a pattern… little did we know that this would span into me starting my own small business in his legacy. I also created this little resin piece out of his funeral flowers which we like to look at as his “tree of life” with the way some of the flowers have floated towards the top! Creating has really helped me in my grief, especially knowing that its a trait I have got from my dad 💖

 

Hannah Roberts

Art after loss

The poem came several months after Chris died. It really summed up his absence in those sleeping hours at night. The images are from my making use of the the beautiful flowers we received from friends and family at that time. I was ‘laying them out’ to make a botanical print. However the process didn’t turn out as expected, as can often be the case with natural dyeing. Yet something unexpected and interesting did come out of it. It was illuminating and appeared otherworldly. What better metaphor for grief.

 

Diane Shillito

 

Diane has an Exhibition Installation – ‘Garden of Lost and Found’ opening on 7pm Tuesday 7th September 2021 at Left Bank, Cardigan Road, Leeds, LS6 1LJ

Art after loss

These dream catchers were created as part of the “Mindfulness for Loss” day at Rossmoor Park by members of the public. The idea was to create something that could capture the emotions that arise in different parts of us when affected by grief and loss. Sometimes these feelings may be contradictory emotions, but this art project was created to help recognise that this is normal and absolutely ok, and also to highlight the sense of not always being alone in grief, and the potential for connection through shared experience. This workshop was facilitated by Liz Calvert counselling and psychotherapy and creative Earth education.

 

Mindful Memorials https://mindfulmemorials.co.uk/

Art after loss

After the death of my wife, Joy, I kept (and continue to keep) a daily doodle diary that charted my journey through the grieving process. I found that drawing what I was feeling helped me to work through the emotions and it became a form of ’self counselling’. She remains close to me through the drawings, as I often imagine her reactions to certain events and include her in the image.

 

Gary Andrews www.GaryScribbler.co.uk

Art After Loss

Coronavirus, Lockdown and loss. This last year has been extremely difficult for everyone across the world grieving their own losses or comforting those who have lost. This painting was done as a symbol of ‘The Circle of Life’ and when someone or something dies new life has been given else where and is nature’s way of taking and giving back life to earth. It symbolizes the universe being sacred and divine.

 

Kirsty Bowe www.inkandartstudio.co.uk

Art after loss

I wrote this poem to deal with my grief when my Mom passed. It tells the story of me returning back to the house when the funeral and wake is over and it’s just me. I knew the house would be empty, but for some reason I expected there to be the smell of food in the kitchen or my mom to still be in her PJ’s watching movies far too late into the afternoon. But in the silence I realise that I have no regrets, I gave all my love to my Mom while I could and I left nothing in that house behind.

 

Joel Duncan https://www.facebook.com/joelduncanwriter

Flower dedicated to grandad

Following the funeral of my Grandad, I took one of the white roses out of the coffin display and took this photo as I knew, unlike the flower itself, the photo would last forever.

 

Gemma Wood

A poem

I wrote this whilst on a flight to Croatia in May 2019, a few months after a very good friend lost their mum very suddenly. These were my reflections based on conversations we shared over many hours.

 

Andrew Atkins

Art work by lisa baldry

For me, Lisa’s photograph doesn’t need any words. The heart shaped hole in ourselves says everything.

 

Ruth Owen

Childrens artwork

Bea’s Nain (Welsh grandma) died before she was born.  Because we still talk about her a lot (and cook recipes written in her handwriting all the time), Bea feels a strong connection to her.

In this picture Bea shares how she feels about her grandma.

 

Beatrice aged 8

Image of person looking out of balcony

During a time when I was going through a deep loss, I came across this statue on a very dark & atmospheric day.

The mood of the woman looking out awaiting someone’s return, along with the location and storm clouds really resonated with me. Luckily, I had my camera with me and was able to capture it all.

 

Harriet Yuen

Art after loss

This mosaic was made in response to the death of Emma Liddle, who died suddenly at the age of 39 leaving a husband and two small children. It was commissioned by her friends and family who went to considerable lengths to find items for inclusion that were relevant to Emma’s life. The items include buttons from her favourite coat, a toy shark to represent her love of the film Jaws, broken orange pottery because she had a fondness for Iron Bru, red things to stand for her support for the Labour Party, dried heather from Aberdeenshire where she was born and brought up, a coin from the year of her birth and parts of a toy played with by her sons.

 

Helen Miles https://helenmilesmosaics.org/

Art after loss

I’d love to share a piece I did for my sister, Amy. She died when she was 10 and was buried with her half of our friendship necklace that was placed around her favourite teddy bear. When I moved in with my partner I wanted to create a memorial wall in our home to remember our loved ones.

I now offer to create unique hand-painted memorial artwork, turning feelings and memories into personal designs.

 

Ruth Davies www.spiritual-designs.com

Art after loss

Whether it be the loss of a family member or a beloved pet, a lock of hair or ashes keepsake can bring some comfort that there is a part of them still with you. These can be discreet pieces, so only you know what the piece conceals, or they can be on show. I did my first piece for a friend of mine who lost their horse.

 

Helen Rimer

Art after loss

I painted this piece after a spring walk by the lake. It shows the charm and beauty of simple flowers and nature in our everyday life. One may recognise some flying angels as flowers…

 

Hajnalka Fellmann

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