At the age of 14, artist Dave Gunning was accepted into the royal academy. Now his work is so popular he has no idea how many exhibitions he has running at any one time. He talks to Shirley Tart.
You open your mouth, fishlike, when trying to take in the extent of Dave Gunning’s work and achievement.
And each time you are about to ask a question, there is another list of galleries, exhibitions, commissions to pore over.
The truth of the matter is, Dave doesn’t actually know how many exhibitions he has going at any one time and has had down a good number of years but thinks it’s got to be more than 70.
And there can’t be too many people anywhere with his intimate knowledge of the country’s art galleries and museums. Indeed he was first accepted into the Royal Academy at the age of 14 and no doubt to the envy of small children everywhere, started painting with his hands – and still does.
His work is in many public and private collections and includes 50 small etchings now in one of the most prestigious addresses in the land – Her Majesty’s Royal Collection.
And in this her Diamond Jubilee year, Dave couldn’t be more proud of that – well not since the day it was his role to greet The Queen as she stepped from her car to open Walsall New Gallery back in 2003.
And after that very successful meeting, he spent a couple of years making and refining the etchings which were eventually sent to Buckingham Palace and accepted by The Queen.
David Gunning has exhibited widely. He has work in many public and private collections. He continues to exhibit paintings, drawings, limited edition etchings and etched work on polished steel.
David has had over seventy one man shows and many mixed exhibitions. The most recent is a touring show with David Inshaw and Rod Poutney ‘Landscapes of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex’
The exhibition was at Devizes Heritage Museum for three months in the summer of 2012 and continued to Salisbury Museum and Dorchester Museum and Art Gallery and the remainder work has been on display in our Gallery in Ironbridge. so if you missed the show please come and have a look the work will be showing until December 2013.