Ted looks to car for inspiration
Do you know what make of car this is? Can you find out what day it is in the doll's house or what month Max was born, from the painting about him?
Answers to these questions and more, can be found at Ted Coney's Family Portraits at a special event for Heritage Weekend in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust on Sunday 12th September.
The 300 year old cottage on Waterside is usually open on Sunday afternoons, when Ely artist, Ted Coney gives guided tours around his paintings, which are all based on family life and family relationships. The former Head of Art at Hills Road Sixth Form College has been making paintings about his family for over forty years and this is the second season he has opened his home to the public, to display his work and the objects which have helped to inspire them.
Currently, Mr Coney has been making studies for an idea to commemorate the car's 80th birthday next year. In the new painting, he imagines the car as a time machine which moves between the 1930s and the present day. The link, is a discovery in the attic, of some material about buying houses in Hollywood. At some time, these plans and photographs had been bequeathed by a cousin who went to Hollywood, hoping become a film director, many years ago. The discovery of the material coincided with Ted Coney’s own search for a new location when the family moved from Great Shelford, recently.
"I have sometimes used the car in the paintings before, as I see it as very much part of our family life", commented Mr Coney.
To see the car, doll's house and all the paintings, visitors can either book into one of eight tours on offer (available most Sundays) or take part in the Family Quiz/Trail, to find out which car Ted Coney has been driving for the last forty years.
Booking is advisable as only six visitors are allowed in at a time.
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