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John Tunnard
© National Portrait Gallery, London. Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

John Tunnard 1959

John Tunnard (1900–1971)

National Portrait Gallery, London
British painter and designer, born at Sandy, Bedfordshire, son of the painter J. C. Tunnard. After studying design at the *Royal College of Art, 1919–23, he worked as a textile designer until 1929, when he started painting. A year later he moved to Cornwall. In 1933 he had his first one-man exhibition at the Redfern Gallery, London, and from then on his work was seen in many individual and group shows. From the mid-1930s he was influenced by *Surrealism, particularly by *Miró. His paintings often combined forms from both technology and the natural world (he was an amateur naturalist) in semi-abstract compositions. Further Reading R. Glossop and M. Glazebrook, John Tunnard (1977)

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)


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