John and Mary a series of narrative paintings (1972)
Acrylic painting by Patricia Buckley


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  • Size: 480 × 27 × 1 in (unframed) / 480 × 27 in (actual image size)
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Patricia Buckley

United Kingdom

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I painted this series from 1972-1978. I wanted to express my feeling that the past present and future could be happening simultaneously in that all time is relative to where a point is in the universe and that it is possible to travel through different time zones even in our world. I thought that the only way I could express it was by portraying episodes from a family life, childhood, adolescence, maturity and death and re birth. i decided to try and link the first painting with the last one which depicts a cemetery and a couple mourning, they are enigmatic but can be read as John and Mary mourning a parent and that painting leads back to the earlier family portrait symbolising Mary's childhood it as idyllically happy with a cliche country cottage and white picket fence. I tried to include a typical suburban family scene and 70's imagery , Tower blocks and classic cars ,rolling hills and Concorde in the sky an iconic image. I wanted the paintings to be like glimpses of the ideal family as seen in TV adverts. I did show the paintings at the South London Gallery as a mural in 1979 then in a circle on hexagonal screens (only there are 9 canvases each had a screen which joined to the next) at the Institute of Education London WC1 at the end of 1979.I've added a photo of myself with the paintings at the exhibition. I have posted the series of paintings on my blog where it looks clearer and the paintings can be viewed on the screen by moving across and can be enlarged, In 1995 after recovering from a serious illness I decided to write a narrative poem in rhyming couplets to be read in a parallel way and I printed it below a smaller version of John and Mary as an inkjet cartoon like print this is available as a limited edition on archival paper, also I designed a foldout version of this which I'm still trying to get published. I am posting the canvases in 5 parts so that 2 canvases can be viewed separately in order to see them in a larger format but they are only for sale as a series of 9 canvases I'm repeating the Family photo painting after the Grave scene with which it links.

Materials used:

acrylic oils

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