Artist on the edge - with sister-in-law!
If you had been thinking of visiting Ted Coney's Family Portraits sometime, then you had better hurry, as the last tours take place on Sunday 12th December, and the attraction won't be reopening until April 2011. However, the talk about Ted Coney's work, entitled 'On The Edge' can still be booked throughout the winter.
Ely artist, Ted Coney, opened his home to the public for the first time in April 2009 after moving from Great Shelford with his wife, Hazel, as part of their retirement plan. He set about organising the gallery on Waterside and has had a steady stream of visitors ever since.
One of the paintings which intrigues visitors, is 'David's Journey'. This is about his brother's 50th birthday and in it, Mr Coney has portrayed his brother's life as a labyrinth of mirrors, reflecting some of the places, David has lived in. The other surprise about the painting is that David is represented by Muffin the Mule - a TV icon of the 1950's, when they were growing up. All the other members of the family who appear in the painting are other animals from the programme.
"I became very interested in the symbolism of each animal, and then tried to match it with the character of a family member" said Mr Coney
"However, my sister-in-law was not best pleased to be portrayed as a hippopotamus, even though I tried to explain that this is a symbol of the Great Earth Mother in some cultures"
During the tour, As well as the painting, visitors can see the actual Labyrinth, which was made by one of Mr Coney's former students at Hills Road Sixth Form College. The models were made from drawings and photographs of the original puppets, Ted Coney made in Devon at the home of Ann Hogarth, who manipulated the puppets, all those years ago.
Booking is advisable as only six visitors on each tour : tours are at 2pm and 3pm on Sundays only and last about an hour.
TEL 01353 650038 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details see www.tedconeysfamilyportraits.co.uk