Reclaiming Childhood This is a show of fantastic paintings by Claire Phillips of children saved from the brutality of forced labour in India. For several years Claire has worked with the charity Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) and she was able to interview, sketch and photograph some of the children rescued from factories, mines and domestic service, where they had suffered cruelty, violence and sexual abuse. It’s a disturbing subject, and commendable that an artist should dedicate a whole exhibition to it. The paintings are superb: most are large scale; some are studies of sadness and suspicion; others reveal the joy and resilience of childhood. Claire is an extremely accomplished artist with the kind of painterly style I relish, and the highly-coloured figures of her subjects stand out powerfully against simple backgrounds. The portrait of Jubil, the brave BBA activist, is painted with a much greater variety of strokes and textures than the rest of the pieces, creating an animated image of a heroic figure. Claire Phillips: Reclaiming Childhood at Worthing Museum & Art Gallery continues until 24 January 2015. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.