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Gerard Tunney

A lot of Gerard's work is influenced by his experiences of travel so the imagery focuses on hotel facades, restaurants, yachts, marinas, cars (including classic cars/racing cars). He is particularly interested in reflections in windows and this is a pictorial device that underpins and unites all of his work. He is fascinated by the real and the abstract possibilities that reflections create. This enables him 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.

He studied for a Masters degree at the University of Northumbria but lived in Cambridgeshire for a number of years and frequently travels to London and Europe. This has been central to his works development.

Most of his paintings are acrylic on canvas which combines the spontaneity of watercolour with the sturdiness of oil paint. Acrylic dries fairly quickly so that he can generate an immediacy within the work as it progresses, the paintings retain the element of freshness. These technical experiences have enabled him to participate in demonstration classes for magazines, books, workshops etc. He has shown widely across the U.K. but mostly across the South and London galleries.