artist in Cambridgeshire

Ted Coney's Family Portraits

Ely-i
July 2014

This is my sixth season opening our house to the public on Sunday afternoons and although a bit nerve racking at first, once I get started, I enjoy it.

I know visitors aren’t sure what to expect, and might even feel a bit apprehensive, so I usually show them my 1931 Morris Minor first, as this is a good icebreaker. I explain that, as the car has been in the family for over forty years and appears in some of the paintings, it is a natural place to begin. Although I had over 2,000 visitors to my recent exhibition at the Babylon Gallery, it is always more difficult to encourage people to visit the house, especially as I do guided tours, to explain what the paintings are about. Is that a bit intimidating?!

Will he try to sell us something? Well, none of the paintings are for sale, only postcards and tour guides, which are 50p each and I certainly don’t push them (they are just on display in the hallway). What if I don’t like the paintings? I could hardly expect people to like them all, as they have been produced over forty five years (I show about seven on each tour) and I have gone through many styles over that time. I don’t like some of them myself now! I just hope that visitors might be interested in some of the ideas which inspired the work.

As I exhibit in eight rooms and spaces (yes, even the kitchen is drummed into use!) it can be a bit of a strain getting the place tidy enough, every Sunday morning. The experience is similar to the ‘tidy up’ you do before prospective buyers arrive, when you are selling your house. I once stuffed some plastic packaged bread rolls into the oven, only to forget about them until we became aware of a strange smell when the oven had been switched on , later. So much for the aroma of baking bread, to entice you in! Why do I do it? Well it’s not for the money, as I only charge a modest £3 for an hour long tour and I can only take six visitors at a time. It’s more that, as we all experience the highs and lows of life from start to finish, I am interested in showing, through my work, how I have tried to make sense of it all..

What I do find, as all my paintings are about family life and relationships , is that visitors begin to relate to them, as they have similar stories and experiences to share.

I hope you will make a booking sometime. I can be contacted on Tel. 01353 650038 or through my website: www.tedconeysfamilyportraits.co.uk or tedconey@btinternet.com


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Visitor Comments
WHAT A WEALTH OF CREATIVITY AND EXPERIENCE
A.H., Ely

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! AN EXPERIENCE TO MAKE ONE THINK
M.R., Ely
ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! – CAN’T WAIT TO BRING VISITORS
J.L., Toft

FANTASTIC... WE’LL BE BACK!
S.M., Whittlesford
AS EVER... AN EXPERIENCE TO
INSPIRE

A.K., Cherry Hinton

IMAGINATIVE, FASCINATING AND SO WELL PUT TOGETHER
J.J., Cambridge
FASCINATING! – WE WILL RETURN
M.A., Burwell

WONDERFUL WORKMANSHIP... INTRIGUING INTERPRETATIONS
J.S., Ely
CLEARLY A VERY ATTRACTIVE PRODUCT WHICH FITS PERFECTLY IN ITS SURROUNDINGS
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