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The Family Portrait

Artist Name(s) Debbie Chapman
Artwork title The Family Portrait
Context/Background The commissioned artwork comprises a series of paintings on canvas (five individual pieces and one triptych: 80cms x 80cms, and 80cms x 100cms) installed in the Neo Natal area of Waterford General Hospital.

This series of paintings, entitled ‘The Family Portrait’, was made specifically for the Neo Natal area of Waterford General Hospital.

Intended as an engaging and fun departure from what would be considered traditional family portraiture, these paintings portray the subjects from the waist down only. It is left to the viewer to complete the images. When the viewer engages with the artwork, the families' portraits are completed and differ from viewer to viewer with regard to the preconceived ideas that we have of people, depending on their clothes, height and stance. 


Commission Type Government Department
Commissioner Name Waterford Healing Arts Trust
Commissioning process Waterford Healing Arts Trust "Artists' Panel"
Project commission dates March 1, 2013 - January 1, 1970
Public Presentation dates March 1, 2013 - January 1, 1970
Artform Visual Arts
Art Practice Arts and health
Funded By Dept. Health and Children
Percent for art Yes
Project commission start date 01/03/2013
Location Waterford General Hospital Neo-Natal Department.
County Dublin
Town Dublin
Street Address Waterford Regional Hospital, Dunmore Road, Waterford.
Public engagement

Line drawings of the artworks have been made by the artist and are available for visiting children, so as while they are waiting to visit they can occupy themselves with the drawings and coloured pencils provided in the waiting area.