I am an artist that loves to paint and draw, I enjoy detail, observation and capturing the likeness of something. I enjoy capturing the effect of light and texture. I dont mind the subject I just like to do it justice and show folks just how good it is.
My artwork is generally detailed. At times Photorealistic but I may take a more painterly approach sometimes. Detail resonates with me perhaps more than it should. These leanings can be considered a personal reaction to poor eyesight and a way of compensating for this, a physical manifestation of both appreciation for the subject at hand and the wonderful gift of vision itself.
A decline in eyesight in 2015 made me appreciate this even more. An operation has since given be better vision than I ever had though a later complication and temporary blindness underlined my appreciation for the visual world we take for granted.
I still find the world around us awesome and just like the way things look and I wish to share a this with others the best way I know how. I feel a true likeness is most respectful to the subject
This is not the only reason however, even after 20 years or so of painting I still get a buzz, as by painting something it seems to help me understand it better and at a deeper level that I would otherwise. And similarly working out how to achieve an effect still gives me great joy.
Gavin Mundy is a visual creator and public artist. He was born in Southampton in 1975 and now lives in Carshalton, Surrey.
He has achieved a degree in Graphic Design but largely taught himself how to draw and paint.
Mundy was a director of Brixton art gallery between 2000 and 2003 and has himself exhibited nationally, including at the Mall Galleries London, and had work shown in Europe and America.
The subjects he paints are varied and a result of curiosity in our perception of the world and a joyful wonder at the effects of light. He has had always had eyesight difficulties which have made appreciating what he sees, even mundane things, more significant. He says about capturing detail and texture
...is like preserving vision and making the most of what I've seen...
He has conducted workshops and demonstrations for Sutton Arts Council and The Big Draw and is a regular at Urban Sketchers drawing days. He is also a frequent participant at his local artists open days every year. Many of his paintings now hang in private collections around the globe including a number of commissioned pieces from private buyers and corporate clients.
He received an Artist Of the Year award 2016 from the Society Of All Artists..
For a full list of exhibitions and events, past, present or future, click here.
Here is a magazine article from 2013 about me and my art. It also featured my art on the cover. Click to read PDF.
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