Dave Gunning - Drawing and Etching
“At the age of 14, artist Dave Gunning had three 3 pieces accepted into the Royal Academy.
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. He won a Royal Academy Art Competition 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.”
Written by Shirley Tart MBE for Shropshire Magazine.