Rebecca Brett

Artist’s Statement

‘With The Compliments Of Lyons Tractor Sales’ is a photographic exploration of the deep loss felt by photographer Rebecca Brett and her family after the rapid decline and eventual bankruptcy of her Irish grandfather’s tractor sales business due to economic challenges of the financial crisis exacerbated by the internal theft of thousands of euros.  This untimely betrayal of years of trust came at a time of decline in her Grandfather’s already ill health.

Following the bereavement of her Grandfather Claude in 2011 and the following 6 years of legal proceedings to prosecute the perpetrators of the theft, Brett was inspired to photograph the remnants of a legacy that was so boldly snatched from an incredibly humble man who forged a thriving business from nothing.