Our Art, by David Lunt
David Lunt is a Cheshire based artist who took his formal training at Mid-Cheshire College (GNVQ 1995-7), Northwich, before completing degree courses at Loughborough University (BA Fine Art Painting 1997-2000,MA Art and Design Studio Practice 2004-05). His work has been shown nationally within institutions such as (Manchester) Cornerhouse, (Manchester) The Portico Library and Gallery, (Liverpool) FACT, (Preston) Harris Museum, (Bolton) Neo-gallery, (Kingston upon Hull) Red Gallery and Leeds Metropolitan University. He has lived and worked in Cheshire for over 35 years.
The project for the ‘Nags Head’ was a fabulous opportunity for me to explore a side of Cheshire, which some may feel is sometimes overlooked. I have always been drawn to historic, abandoned buildings and architecture and Cheshire’s surprising industrial past, in particular the salt industry and canal systems, were perfect subject matter for my approach.
Using found imagery (magazine cuttings, old photographs and internet images) I annex areas of chosen pieces, re-draw them free hand (using pencil and Ink) and then use computer manipulation to create new compositions which are then painted on plate glass. What I have tried to achieve is an elevation of these ‘forgotten gems’ to a far more contemporary - almost cinematic - view point (as if they are scenes from a movie as opposed to just still images) .This is an attempt to create a dramatic but slightly ambiguous narrative that may paint an alternative story, yet at the same time indulge my love of both painting and the subject.