Lighting up life: Nina Childress makes glamourous female idols glow in the dark

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At a colourful and exciting new exhibition in the southwestern French city of Bordeaux, France’s Catherine Deneuve glows in the dark and murdered US actress Sharon Tate fills a room like a goddess while her husband, director Roman Polanski, stares on. These artworks are part of a retrospective looking back at the Franco-American artist Nina Childress’ 40-year career at the region’s contemporary art centre, the Frac MÉCA.

Nina Childress speaks to Eve Jackson about focusing on glamorous female idols of stage and screen and why she loves painting hair. She also shows us her first ever artwork.

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