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This painting was commissioned for the Orthopaedics Department located in the new extension at Salisbury District Hospital. The painting, funded by Arts Council South West, captures the movement of four swimmers in a pool. The artist met with staff from the department including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and nursing staff and they all expressed a preference for the painting to show physical activity – 'what patients may aspire to when they are better'. The artist chose to paint swimmers for the commission as swimming is an activity most people have experienced.
Ivy Smith is one of East Anglia’s most acclaimed painters. She received her art education at Walthamstow School of Art, Central School of Arts and Crafts, Chelsea School of Art and Royal Academy Schools, all in London. As well as single portraits of men, women and children, she has particular experience in double and group portraits, and in working on a very large scale. She has previously been commissioned to create works for arts in health settings including Battle Hospital, Reading, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health.
Salisbury District Hospital
oil on canvas
H 80 x W 184.5 cm