About this artwork

In this painting, Flannigan has depicted a modern relationship between parent and child. Unlike the subject of the mother and child, a father and child is rarely depicted in art. The artist looked at family photographs in contemporary magazines as well as to paintings from art history as source material. The characters she has developed are familiar, middle-class types, with the unusual twist of a ‘male Madonna.’ The image has an unsettling quality, as the two figures look so alike - the boy looks unusually mature and self-possessed while the father stands casually, hand in pocket. This feeling of unease is highlighted by the unnatural green light which illuminates the figures.

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  • title: Just like Daddy
  • accession number: GMA 4308
  • artist: Moyna FlanniganScottish (born 1963)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Children Families
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1998
  • measurements: 85.20 x 75.10 cm
  • credit line: Purchased with the Iain Paul Fund 1999
  • copyright: © MOYNA FLANNIGAN
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Moyna Flannigan

Moyna Flannigan

Moyna Flannigan is best known for her fictional portraits based on wry and penetrating observations of middle-class society. Born in Kirkcaldy, Flannigan studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut. After a period of painting in an abstract style she returned to figurative painting around 1995. Flannigan’s paintings depict types and characters influenced by middle-class culture and art history, and are often characterised by dry humour and sense of unease. She paints slowly, without using preparatory drawings or models but by working out her ideas directly onto the canvas. Coloured light is integral to what she depicts, and her paintings have a luminous quality. Recent exhibitions include: The Body Stretches to the Edge, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam (2013); Moyna Flannigan: New Work – What you see is where you’re at, Part 3, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2010) and Trouble Loves Me, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York (2008). She currently lives and works in the Edinburgh area.