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Michael Gunn

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20100818022821-afternoon_tea
Afternoon Tea, 1996 Oil on Canvas/oleo Su Tela 76 X 63 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100818022934-baltic_dream_new
Baltic Dream, 1997 Oil on Canvas/oleo Su Tela 51 X 41 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100818023049-smile_please_
Smile please!, 1998 Pencil, Watercolour and Gouache on Paper 41 X 29 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100818023146-soledad_new
Soledad, 1995 Oil on Canvas 60.5 X 51 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100818023248-waiting_for_you
Waiting for you, 2003 Oil on Masonite 40.7 X 27.4 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100819043237-forty-two
Forty-two, 2003 Tempera and Oil on Panel 18.2 X 15.4 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100819043735-the_enigma_of_time2
The Enigma of Time, 2005 Oil on Canvas 25.4 X 20.5 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100819044205-still-life-rhum
Still life with rhum bottle, 1999 Oil on Canvas 55.8 X 46 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100819044757-golgotha_i
Golgotha I, Study for larger painting, 1995 Pencil on Cartridge Paper 65 X 52 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100819045011-torquil
My Scottish deerhound, Torquil Geltsdale Shieldaig, 1985 Pencil on Cartridge Paper 30 X 26 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100819045246-bar_du_marche__soho
Bar du Marche, Soho, London, 2005 Oil on Canvas 76.3 X 51 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100909074627-nude_001
Nude 001 Pencil on Paper 35.5 X 25 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100909074330-portrait_of_robert_bloomfield
Portrait of the artist Robert Bloomfield, 19twidleythree Pencil and Watercolour on Paper 35.5 X 25 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100909074746-nude_002
Nude 002 Pencil on Cartridge Paper 35.5 X 25 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100909074854-nude_003
Nude 003 Pencil on Cartridge Paper 35.5 X 25 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100909075039-nude_004
Nude 004 Pencil on Cartridge Paper 35.5 X 25 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100909075147-nude_005
Nude 005 Pencil on Cartridge Paper 29 X 20 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100909075408-nude_006
Nude 006 Pencil on Cartridge Paper 35.5 X 25 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100909080044-icu
ICU Oil on Gesso Panel 17.5 X 12.5 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100909080247-thinking
Thinking Oil on Masonite 43.2 X 30.5 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100909075611-man_of_sorrows
Man of Sorrows Pencil and Red Ink on Cartridge Paper 23.7 X 18 Cm © Michaelv Gunn
20100909080759-tombstone_skull_001_030
Tombstone skull Oil on Panel 22 X 15 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100909081252-vicky_playing_house_of_cards
Vicky playing House of Cards Charcoal and Watcolour Wash on Cartridge Paper 41.7 X 29.8 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100909081513-vicky_contemplating_bede
Vicky contemplating Bede Oil on Canvas 30.5 X 25.4 © Michael Gunn
20100909090942-ishtar
My cat Ishtar Japanese Ink on Cartridge Paper 30 X 26 Cm © Michael Gunn
20100928081455-red_and_black2
Lust on a thorntree, red and black, 2010 Digital Photography Super A3 © Michael Gunn
20100929080612-red_and_dead
Red and Dead, 2010 Digital Photography Super A3 © Michael Gunn
20101002073708-francesca_s_dream
Sogno di Francesca (unfinished), 2010 Oil on Canvas 91 X 61 Cm
20101002073835-gwyneth_s_dream
Gwyneth's dream (unfinished), 2010 Oil on Canvas 76 X 61 Cm
20101002081321-sogno_di_katia
Sogno di Katia (unfinished), 2009 Oil on Canvas 76 X 61 Cm
20101004032935-purgatorio_copy
Inferno, 2003 Oil on Board 61 X 51 Cm © Michael Gunn
20101004033355-maya_s
Maya's Garden, 2009 Oil on Canvas 76 X 61 Cm © Michael Gunn
20101004033619-4horsemen
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, study 03, 2009 Watercolour and Gouache on Board 38.5 X 27 Cm © Michael Gunn
20101004033758-moving-finger
The moving finger writes..., 2009 Oil on Canvas 76 X 51 Cm © Michael Gunn
20101004034015-stilllifepomegranate
Still life with pomegranate, 2009 Oil on Canvas 76.3 X 50.8 Cm © Michael Gunn
20110505081439-portrait_of_ratti_khan
Portrait of Ratti Khan, 19something Charcoal and White Chalk on Paper 10 X 8 © Michael Gunn
20110505082946-purgatorio
Purgatorio, 2000 Oil on Board 61 X 51 Cm © Michael Gunn
20110505083235-castello_di_poppiano__toscania
Castello di Poppiano, Toscana, 2001 Oil on Canvas 76 X 61 Cm © Michael Gunn
20110505083420-highland_madonna
Highland Madonna, 1999 Tempera and Oil on Panel 28 X 20 Cm © Michael Gunn
20110505083738-still-life_chianti_bottle
Still life, Chianti bottle, 1999 Oil on Board 50.5 X 40 Cm © Michael Gunn
20110505084014-tryptich_1_scan-100504-0006
Tryptich 1, 1997 Oil on Board 20 X 14 Cm © Michael Gunn
20110505084134-tryptich_2_scan-100504-0007
Tryptich 2, 1997 Oil on Board 20 X 14 Cm © Michael Gunn
20110505084235-tryptich_3_scan-100504-0008
Tryptich 3, 1997 Oil on Board 18 X 14 Cm © Michael Gunn
20110607062528-img_2288
Sogno di Lucia, 2011 Oil on Canvas 76 X 61 Cm © Michael Gunn
20110607062819-img_2296
Notice Board 1, 2011 Collage, Silver Point, Mixed Media 56 X 36 Cm © Michael Gunn
20110417024617-mi_bottega_a_pomeriggio
Quick Facts
Lives in
London
Works in
Barcelona
Tags
Photographer painting, poet, writer surrealism drawing, abstract, figurative
Statement

Michael J. Gunn was born to a Scottish father and an English mother and his early childhood was divided between Central London and the Northern Highlands of Scotland - two very wildly different landscapes and cultures whose diversity has greatly influenced the artist's life and work.

The artist was taught to draw at a very early age by his father, who was also a poet. Educated at Scottish and English primary schools and a London grammar school, he attended Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts (now University of the Arts London) where he studied fine art and life drawing.

His earliest influence came from the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, most of which he had copied in pen and ink, pencil and chalk by the age of 15. His favourite Leonardo painting is the Virgin of the Rocks (both versions). Following this the works of Jan van Eyck, Matthiaas Grunewald, Albrecht Durer, Hieronymus Bosch and the Breughels, together with Pieter de Hoogh and  Johannes Vermeer formed important and fruitful areas of study and influence. Of the impressionists J.M.W. Turner (yes - Turner!), Cezanne and Sisley are favourites, whilst the works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Katsushika Hokusai and Vincent van Gogh provided an added dimension to my studies, as did the works of the Cubists Georges Braque and Juan Gris. Amadeo Modigliani's powerfully erotic nudes are particularly admired.

In addition to the Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci the artist's studies continued with Cennino Cennini's Il Libro del Arte and Piero della Francesca's De Prospectiva Pingendi together with modern manuals on the art and science of painting.

The artist soon came to know the works of the Surrealists, in particular the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico, Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali - the last of whom was second only in influence to that of Leonardo. Since childhood Michael Gunn had produced drawings of a surreal nature and the discovery of their works was a revelation to him. Since that time he has consistently produced paintings and drawings in the Surrealist style.

Of living painters his favourites are Denis A. Dowland, Agustino Arrivabene, Sandor Badacsonyi, Quimet Sabate and Alan King. He also greatly admires the Udinese painter Mirka Mantoani Sopracasa for the lightness and playfulness of her paintings which provide a welcome relief from the somewhat sombre aspects of his own Surrealist art.

All this artist's works are available as Digital Giclee prints.