I was approached by Hadleigh Old School Gallery in Suffolk to produce some saleable work for an exhibition in 2021. As a rule I don’t normally make commercial work but it wasn’t something I’d really tried either. As a starting point the gallery and myself discussed the artistic connection of Hadleigh to the famous artist Cedric Morris who lived locally at Benton End.
Made during lockdown I naturally did most of my research online. The majority of the Cedric Morris landscapes I found were on art auction sites. When I found some images of Benton End I thought... ‘didn’t he have a nice house!’ I don’t have a house at all and this became the basis for the development of this body of work.
Houses mounted on tank chassis marching through Cedric Morris landscapes are intended to represent the intimidating world of the ‘haves’ viewed from the perspective of a ‘have not’. The majority are painted in large sweet shop jars. An instant display case; I also felt they represented a container for desirable objects. Each one is painted on the inside – my large hand just fits through the opening of the jar.
The show has been postponed to hopefully coincide with the revival of Benton End. No date confirmed as yet.
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