House Series

House Series

In a haunting series of paintings and a poem, Gibson Byrd explored his complex feelings toward a Tulsa home. It was where he grew up, and where his father died when Byrd was 10, and a year later his older brother died in the same house. As he noted in a 1976 interview, “Memory is an emotional creature. It changes as other things change. It expands and contracts… I have been trying to bring about some meeting of the past and present.”. In doing so, he painted the house as it appears today and in the conflicting ways he remembered it.