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A personal connection to subject matter is integral to my process. Painting 266 (Mike Kenny Oval) belongs to a series based on childhood memories of growing up in Cherrybrook in north-west Sydney. My family moved there in 1982 when the suburb was mostly virgin bushland. The areas now known as Greenway Park and Mike Kenny Oval were neglected farming paddocks with a couple of rundown corrugated-iron sheds. In the mid 1980s, the local council transformed the disused paddocks into the sporting fields where, from the age of eight, I played football for the mighty Westbrook Bulldogs under coach Mike Kenny.
Alan Jones, 2020