As the art of 62-year-old Turner prize winner Lubaina Himid shows, age melds wisdom and recklessness to remarkable effect
There's a magic elixir than can keep you for ever young. It's called being an artist. Yesterday, 63-year-old Lubaina Himid won the Turner prize, making her the oldest winner of the award – but that's nothing.
Louise Bourgeois was in her 80s when she created a terrifying giant spider that was the start of a creative roll still sparking with perverse thrills when she died aged 98. Renaissance painter Titian similarly worked to the end of his life, when he was somewhere between 86 and 96. In his great autumnal blast of sensuality and pain, The Death of Actaeon, which he left unfinished, he suggests what makes a mature masterpiece different and special. The colours are browned and yellowed by experience, yet the brushwork is amazingly free and loose. In other words, age brings both wisdom and recklessness. That is a recipe for artistic dynamite.