The early part of my nursing career was spent working in a long-stay hospital for people with learning disabilities. Bryn-y-Neuadd Hospital is situated in the village of Llanfairfechan on the Northern coast of Wales. This hospital was one of many across the country which was part of a historical system of institutional segregation. The many hundreds of people who lived (and died) through this system are largely forgotten.The system was dehumanising and individuality was discouraged, "Block treatment" was the order of the day.....personal identities were eroded and sometimes lost....
I met some incredible people throughout this period and try to make a record , through my painting, of the character and humanity of people who's history will largely be forgotten. One such person was Joseph Roy Bevans. Joe was a character. In a sea of chaos Joe stood out.
During 2016 I painted his portrait based upon several archive photographs and my own strong visual memory.
During 2017 a short film was made by Paul Hunt and the 'It's my shout' Film Company - Many thanks to them both for allowing me to show the film via the link below :