Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Marie Hanging Washing

Marie hanging washing was painted in 1959 and will be exhibited in the forthcoming exhibition 'Scenes of Post-War London - the early paintings of Terry Scales'. The section below is a detail from the larger canvas and shows a scene I witnessed day after day. In the late 1950's Marie was my neighbour in our South Bermondsey village of Prefabs. So strict was the timing of her washing ritual I could set my wristwatch by it.

Detail from Marie hanging Washing, oil on canvas size 40" x 50". £950.

This large oil on canvas was made in 1959, a year before the Prefabs were demolished. For 15 years they had served our community most successfully, fitted as they were with built in refridgerators and cupboards, well ahead of their time and much loved by us occupants.The generous garden spaces encouraged a passion with many to plant shrubs and even fruit trees, so it was a sad occasion when in 1960 they were demolished and the happily established community rehoused in various flats. 

This is one of 3 large paintings to be exhibited, further previews to follow...

Scenes from Post-War London. The Early Paintings of Terry Scales.
9th May - 10th June.
West Greenwich Library, 146 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN.
Opening times;
Monday: 2pm to 7pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9am to 7pm
Friday: 2pm to 5.30pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: Closed
Date of artist talk; 9th June 3 - 4 pm, free.

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