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Gerard Tunney

Gerard Tunney

Gerard was born in Sunderland where he lives now, after re-locating from Cambridgeshire where he lived for a number of years. He studied at Sunderland university followed by The University of Northumbria where he obtained his Masters’ degree in Fine Art It was his return to the northeast that encouraged him to resume his love of the sea with a series of paintings based on coastline reflections and racing yachts. This has also encouraged Gerard to travel to other UK locations in pursuit of further maritime subject matter. He also completed a series of Fine Art residencies with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Opera North, and Northern Sinfonia and this has produced a parallel body of work based on theatre, ballet, Shakespeare, myth. His love of Shakespeare has inspired him to produce highly original narrative paintings that are much sought after. Much of Gerard's work is influenced by experiences of travel so the imagery focuses on hotel facades, restaurants, yachts, marinas, seascapes, cars (including classic cars/racing cars). He is particularly interested in window reflections and this is a pictorial device that underpins and unites these paintings. He says: "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 generates the element of contrast that I am searching for" He has been a professional fine artist for over 40 years supplementing his studio work with various lecturing posts and gallery work. He has shown widely across the UK, particularly in London and the South, and his work is held in many private collections in both the UK and also Europe.

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