- Purchased 1974
- 356 x 193mm
Jeffrey often draws inspiration from historic family photographs and often group portraits taken on special occasions and gatherings. This 1973 group was inspired very much by the present however – a portrait of his own young family. Joanna and he had a daughter, Magdalena, in 1973 and in this etching the mother lovingly holds a newborn baby whilst the father is resplendent in one of those checked cotton shirts that often signify masculine outdoor work, the family dog obediently at his side. But there is an unusual psychological intensity in Jeffrey’s version of the New Zealand family. The family home is often the grounding influence on relationships, but in this etching it floats disconcertingly in the air beyond the couple, who are also represented again soaring above it.
(Jeffrey Harris: The Gift, 1 October 2022 – 12 March 2023)