Image: John Tunnard, ”The Messenger (1969)
Oil, tempera, sand & pencil on gesso-prepared board, 119.4 x 182.9 cm
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photo credit: The Ingram Collection of Modern and Contemporary British Art
John Tunnard (1900-1971) described himself in later life as ‘a space-age painter’. He attended the Royal College of Art where he specialised in textile design. By the 1930s he was gaining recognition for his painting and in 1933 he and his wife moved to Cadgwith. As his painting style matured, he experimented in a fusion of Surrealism and Constructivism that reflected his interest in jazz music, insect-life, science, technology, space travel and the local Lizard landscape.
Henrietta Boex is the Director of Falmouth Art Gallery. Before joining Falmouth Art Gallery as Director in 2013, she was development project manager at the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum. A new exhibition about the Lizard artists, ‘Serpentine-Artists of the Lizard’, featuring the work of John Tunnard amongst others, opens at Falmouth Art Gallery on November 30th 2015.
3pm in the Happidrome-note change from printed programme