Since I first wrote about painter David H. Cunningham back in 2007, his web presence has been expanded and improved, and his work has continued to evolve, particularly into a new series involving arrangements of stones.
My initial impression of his work, however, remains unchanged. Though you may look at reproductions of his paintings and think of them as illusionary realism to the point of being trompe l’oeil, I’ve never gotten the impression that he deliberately set out to paint with that intention.
Rather, the sharp realism feels like a natural outgrowth of intense faithful observation, an incisive investigation of the visual world.
Cunningham’s paintings of stones, in both complex and simple arrangements, become both intimate landscapes and marvels of irregular geometry.
In addition to presenting his work more effectively, Cunningham’s new website allows for a blog-like series of short articles, in which he offers interviews with other artists as well as his thoughts on various aspects of art and painting, including “Why paint stones?“.
You can also find blog-like entries, including sketches and works in progress, on Cunningham’s presence on Tumblr and backspaces.
8 Replies to “David Cunningham (update)”
Wow! I love the pictures of the stones. I could live with one of those on my wall :-)
Thank you so much for the article. What a pleasant surprise this morning. I sincerely appreciate your kind, insightful, and thoughtful words about my work. Your blog is one of the best out there.
Bravo my friend!
Thanks for posting David’s work and for commenting on it in this way. I love David’s work.
Just another admirer.
what awesome pieces…i just love the birds nest with stones!! i keep going back to look at it!
“The pebble in the brook secretly thinks itself a precious stone”
Japanese Proverb quotes
?? = pebble in Japanese.
I will always love this type of work! I am always drawn to intensely realistic paintings. I am in awe of the skill it takes to manipulate the paint to include all the tiniest details the artist arranged or imagined to help create such a vivid representation of the world they want to share with you. Right down to a specific speck on a rock or the image of the artist/viewer(?) reflected in the metallic spheres! ;)
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