Healing of a Lunatic Boy
© The Artist c/o Marlborough Fine Art

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Healing of a Lunatic Boy 1986
  • Scottish Art
Despite the fact that the men in this painting all share the same small space, they seem completely isolated from each other. This gives the painting a sense of unease and claustrophobia which is central to Conroy’s work of the 1980s. Moreover, as the narrative behind the picture is unclear, the viewer is led to question the identity and purpose of the men. The scene is dramatically lit, as if the figures are on stage, creating shadows which add to the air of mystery. Open-mouthed figures appear frequently in Conroy’s paintings of the mid to late 1980s, as do men with blank glasses. Unable to see their eyes and thus read their expression, the viewer feels further distanced from the scene.

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Narrative art

An artwork that tells a story.

Narrative art


  • Acc. No. GMA 3039
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 122.00 x 91.40 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1987