Gerard Tunney

Based in United Kingdom
A lot of my work is influenced by experiences of travel so the imagery focuses on hotel facades, restaurants, yachts, marinas, cars(including classic cars/racing cars). I am particularly interested in reflections in windows and this is a pictorial device that underpins and unites all of my work. I am fascinated by the real and the abstract possibilities that reflections create. This enables me to explore the contrast between a 'real' space and an 'illusory' reflected space. The dislocation of figures and scale; interiors looking outward; exterior views looking inwards etc. ,creates all sorts of visual possibilities, and this drives the work towards its final resolution I studied for my Masters degree at the University of Northumbria but I lived in Cambridgeshire for a number of years and I frequently travel to London and Europe and this has been central to my works development. Most of my paintings are acrylic on canvas which combines the spontaneity of watercolour with the sturdiness of oil paint. Acrylic dries fairly quickly so that I can generate an immediacy within the work as it progresses. So the paintings retain the element of freshness that I am always trying to capture .These technical experiences have enabled me to participate in demonstration classes for magazines ,books , workshops etc. I have shown widely across the U.K. but mostly across the South and London galleries.

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