"They give you three hot meals a day, make sure your clothes are clean and tell you it’s best if you get out of bed and sit in your chair. The view outside is nice, you can see some trees and occasionally you can hear the birds sing but it’s no place like home." - Pete McKee
First created for Pete's 2020 Eight New Paintings this work was later exhibited in the artist's 2020 show Don't Adjust Your Mindset. Addressing issues of ageing in today’s society, this work represents what many of us fear: isolation and loss of autonomy. It reminds us that care homes are a fixture of British life and how, despite the best efforts of those working in this stretched sector, living in residential care can, in some cases, lead to loneliness.
This painting, which communicates the vulnerability of people in these situations,
depicts a woman wearing a nightie and dressing gown. The sock that has slipped down to expose her frail leg goes unnoticed as she looks out of the window whilst fidgeting her thin hands. The red slippers reference the Wizard of Oz’s heroine, Dorothy, and her ruby red slippers. Her famous line is the inspiration for the title of this work.
This image is available as an art print, produced on high-quality paper and available unframed or framed. This image is also available on canvas.
Unframed art print*
Small print: 40cm x 40cm
Large print: 60cm x 60cm
*Dimensions include a white border that surrounds the image and measures approximately 5cm.
Please note that unframed prints take 1-2 working days to be printed and an extra 1-2 working days for delivery. Unframed prints are available the same day from the McKee gallery for collection only.
Framed art print
Mounted and framed in a bespoke, glass, black angled frame. Made by the gallery's local framer.
Small framed print: 43cm x 43cm (approx)
Large framed print: 63cm x 63cm (approx)
Please note that framed prints take 7-10 working days to be made up and an extra 2-3 working days for delivery.
Our canvases are hand-stretched onto chunky pine frames with hand-folded corners. Our McKee images are printed onto the canvases with high-definition printers to produce sharp, high quality images.
Canvas: 31cm x 31cm
Please note our canvases can take up to 7 working days to be delivered or to be collected in store.