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painting titled vincent in the yellow house

Vincent sits alone in his yellow painted house. He is painting his picture 'Starry Night' and his ear is bandaged after he harmed himself. The shutters of the window are open and a surging angry crowd yells abuse at the painter.

I was depicting a time in Vincent Van Gogh's life when the townspeople gathered outside his house yelling, 'throw the madman out of town' and other abuse. So, on one level, its about the vibrancy of Vincent's work and his absorption in it. On another level it is about the bigotry and prejudice encountered by mental health survivors.

Rethink awarded Maureen Oliver the Bill Pringle Award for Art and Poetry 2009 for this painting.