If the artist James Guppy asks you to pose for him, don't expect an airbrushed, Photoshopped, botoxed version of yourself to appear on the canvas. James freely admits to 'loving wrinkles and all those bits that most people don't want to think about.' But for some women this has only made them even more keen to pose for the painter in his studio at Byron Bay in northern New South Wales. A couple of years ago, James Guppy asked several of his 'middle aged' friends to pose nude for him. The result was the series Fay which drew on the mad works of the Victorian fairy painter Richard Dadd and focused on the opinions of the women in his life who found that as they aged they were being, 'submerged by invisibility and irrelevance.
Jeanavive McGregor visited James Guppy's studio for a cup of tea with the artist and his muses. Some of them had done modelling for artists but not for years, others had never taken off their clothes for art before.