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Onstage Ballet Rehearsal
Original Figurative Painting
Acrylic Paint on Canvas
Canvas Size: H 40cm x W 60cm x D 2cm
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Onstage Ballet Rehearsal is a contemporary painting by Gerard Tunney. A group of ballet dancers prepare for the morning rehearsal for the evening’s performance. Dancers work all day even when on tour. They exercise, rehearse and also perform in the evening…. an exhausting schedule. The painting describes the scale of an open blank stage to enable them complete freedom for their rehearsal.
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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.
Gerard Tunney ballet rehearsal theatre stage dancers lighting costumes
Size: H:40 cm x W:60 cm