Mary (The Visit V)
by Wendy Elia

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Oil on canvas
1300 x 1700 x 40 mm

Wendy Elia studied at Saint Martins School of Art. Her work has been seen in solo exhibitions in London and in numerous group exhibitions including that of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (2008). Her work was included in the National Portrait Gallery Portrait Award, 1983.

The portrait shows Elia's 87-year-old mother, Mary, holding a baby who is a composite portrait of her two grandchildren. Mary is surrounded by significant objects from her life including, on the fireplace, an enlarged version of the medal she had recently received for having served in the Land Army and Forestry Corps during the Second World War.

    © Wendy Elia