Newtownabbey artist Lise McGreevy has paid tribute to “Titanic’s fallen” with an exhibition inspired by the style of Andy Warhol.
The display entitled “We Salute You” is currently on show at The Dock Cafe near the Odyssey in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, until February 28, then onboard the Nomadic, the ship which ferried passengers to the iconic vessel before its ill-fated maiden voyage where it will be shown from March 24 until April 30.
Moved by the plight of the children who drowned after the “Titanic” hit an iceberg and sank, Lise decided to involve her nephews Noah, aged seven; Finn Gregg, aged five and ten-year-old Caleb and eight-year-old niece Naomi Fegan in the project.
The children were photographed on board the ‘Nomadic’ in traditional 1912 style clothing.
“The kids were all very willing to participate in this tribute,” explained Lise.
“Noah is obsessed with all things Titanic and was thrilled to dress as a child of the period as well as being on the Nomadic. It was his birthday the day we did the shoot and the staff kindly let him and the others sound the ship’s horn.”
The “Titanic” sailed from Southampton on April 14, 1912 on its maiden voyage with 2,223 passengers and crew. It collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic en route to New York and sank killing 1517 people, 56 of whom were children.
“Had the crew and passengers heeded the call to board women and children first, every woman and child could have been saved with room to spare. A harrowing fact which made me stop and think, and that’s when I decided to compile this exhibition, ‘We Salute You…’, in remembrance of Titanic’s fallen, especially the children.”
Lise also used images of Captain John Smith to create an original ‘Flag of Remembrance’ and in addition, photographs of other famous individuals whom were on board when the iceberg struck. US artist Andy Warhol explored the relationship between artistic expression and celebrity culture in a “pop art” style during the Sixties.
“I am delighted that they want to use the event as part of their remembrance celebrations,” said Lise.