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Plato’s Shadows


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Gerard Tunney
Plato’s Shadows
Original Painting
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The painting makes use of a stage act that uses illusion to deceive the audience and the title is taken from Plato’s famous allegory. Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” is a concept devised by the philosopher to ruminate on the nature of belief versus knowledge. The allegory states that there exist prisoners chained together in a cave. Behind the prisoners is a fire, and between the fire and the prisoners are people carrying puppets or other objects. This casts a shadow on the other side of the wall. The prisoners watch these shadows, believing them to be real.
In stage acts, figures appear and disappear, as in life and the painting explores this idea of deception magic and what is real.
Magic, illusion, theatre, stage act,figures conjuring,

Size: H:40 cm x W:60 cm

Gerard Tunney is represented by Wychwood Art online and in our art gallery. He says "Most of my work is influenced by experiences of working in the theatre and I use theatre based subject matter as a source for my paintings ; this includes ballet, Shakespeare, poetry, myth. I am particularly interested in the theatres capacity to transform and change these subjects through the use of costumes, make-up, lighting etc. This creates all sorts of abstract possibilities within the work and is an endless source of fascination for me. The paintings can depict dancers going about their backstage routines or can be heightened by more theatrical subject matter, such as poetry and myth. I think that it is the diversity of the subject matter that attracts me the most and the fact that it never ceases to provide fresh source material for my work. Most of my paintings are acrylic on canvas which combines the spontaneity of watercolour with the sturdiness of oil paint. Acrylic dries fairly quickly which generates an immediacy within the work as it progresses. This way, the painting always retains the element freshness that I am trying to capture. Other paintings are oil on canvas which are glazed to try and achieve a rich jewel- like quality. These technical experiences have enabled me to participate in demonstration classes for various magazines, books etc. My work was further developed with a series of Fine Art Residencies with The Birimingham Royal Ballet; Opera North; Northern Sinfonia and I draws on these experiences to inform and enrich my paintings. I have been a professional fine artist since graduating from university in the mid 80's and I have supplemented my studio work through teaching and gallery work. I have shown widely across the U.K. particularly the North-East and London." To discuss any works of art by Gerard Tunney please contact or call 07799 535765 / 01869 338155.

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