'Mum and dad's bedroom window', Paul Green

Painting of a window with closed curtains and bright daylight behind

Acrylic on canvas, 152.5 x 122 cm

For ten years I’ve been painting my family and close friends: the people that provide the emotional core and roots to my life. The house in Pontypridd in which I was brought up and where my mother still lives is one such root.

The house stands full to the rafters with memories. Like my family, it has the ability to frighten me and comfort me. The thought of standing outside the house and not being able to go in because somebody else owned it, or worse, was left empty and decaying, or even rented out to students, made me want to paint it.

I began by taking photographs of everything: doorways, windows, wallpaper, ornaments and furniture, fixtures and fittings. I let these images sort themselves out in my mind for a year or two and then, when I had a bad back and there was nothing else I could do, I made a series of small watercolours which were clean and fresh and relatively painless.

This painting of my parents’ bedroom window is the first large-scale work I made from these watercolours. I would like to build up a portrait of the house through a series of paintings of its interior details.


Paul Green was born in Pontypridd in 1951. He studied at Maidstone College of Art 1969-70, Cardiff College of Art 1970-74 and the Slade School of Fine Art 1974-76. His first one-man show was at Oriel Gallery Cardiff 1974 and he has since shown regularly in London and Wales. He was a prizewinner in John Moores 19 1995.