Artists will be familiar with the saying that we’re only famous after we’re dead, but here’s a cautionary tale to stop you speeding up the process.
Artist Govinder Nazran died from head injuries after a fall. A coroner ruled that a contributory factor was his regular use of a solvent based varnish in an unventilated room without using unsuitable breathing apparatus. This caused him to suffer epileptic-type fits, one of which finally led to the fall.
Here’s the full story. http://webartacademy.com/artist-dies-after-regularly-spraying-varnish-on-his-paintings
It’s vital that artists ALWAYS use solvent based products, such as varnish and fixative, in a well ventilated room. Respirators are inexpensive (from £10) and can easily be purchased from work wear suppliers. Dust masks do exactly what they say on the box, and are only suitable against dust!
Whilst low-odour products are available, it still makes sense to take suitable precautions where your health is concerned.
Nazran isn’t the only artist to have hit the headlines by ending his career in dramatic fashion. He joins a distinguished list of artists who will be remembered not only for their art. Here are just a few of them:
- Suicide – Van Gogh
- Plague – Raphael, Titian, Carravaggio
- Duel – Bloemart
- Drowning – Andries Both
- Snake Bite – Diaz de la Pina
- Explosion – Carel Fabritius
- Falling from a horse – Theodore Gericault
- Falling from scaffolding – Murillo
- Childbirth – Eva Gonzales
- Murder – Domenico
- Cirrhosis – Courbet
Take care, and I wish you a long, successful and healthy career.