This exhibition runs from 18th until 28th April in the County Buildings Atrium exhibition space with the official opening evening taking place on Thursday 20th of April from 6-8pm. The show will be a collection of Portraits completed over the last few years.
From early childhood painting and drawing was always something David enjoyed doing. Painting portraits is where his artistic interest lies; particularly portraits of people who have had an influence in his life from the worlds of sports, music and film. Developing a connection and a deeper knowledge of the person he’s painting, whether it’s through the subject’s music or sporting achievements, enhances each piece. For example, David explains, “After watching countless hours of footage of Muhammad Ali in and out of the ring you can’t help but be moved. It goes beyond looking at a reference photo and trying to reproduce a likeness. The more I feel I know about my subject the more it will show in my work.”
David’s portraits are always accurately rendered with great detail. He works exclusively with pencil, brush and paint jumping from acrylics to oils depending on the mood and look he is after. His subjects vary from Bruce Springsteen to Kurt Cobain, Muhammad Ali to Ayrton Senna, Marlon Brando to Clint Eastwood. He has been influenced by so many portrait artists over the years such as Niall O’Loughlin, Chuck Close and Sebastian Kruger, to name a few.
“As an artist I am constantly striving to improve my technique. I want to create realistic portraits that capture more than just a likeness of the subject. Loosing myself in the detail is where my pleasure lies. For example spending hour after hour painting the smaller details that make a portrait special, with every different element wanting to be as important as the next; as American Architect Louis Khan said ‘Even a brick wants to be something’ and in a portrait painting a button on a shirt needs as much attention as an eye or mouth. I will continue to paint and improve as an artist because developing my craft is the most important thing to me. As Korean Artist Joonwon Jeong said ‘Practising and perfecting my craft is as important as creating a good piece of art’. “
Members of the public are very welcome to attend the Launch on Thursday 20th April in the Atrium Gallery in the County Buildings in Mullingar from 6-8pm.
For more information on the artist please check out www.daviddunneart.com
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 20/04/2016