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'Gary Bunt's naïve painting seems to tap into some primal aspect of the collective psyche, encouraging us to look beyond an apparent lack of formal training and painterly technicalities to a romantic, unmediated vision of the past.
Born in Tonbridge, Kent, as a young man he abandoned formal art school training to pursue a career as a rock guitarist. However he was not the first and doubtless will not be the last to suffer the ravages of that high-octane lifestyle. By the time he was thirty the alcohol and drugs had taken sufficient toll on him to prompt him to hang up his axe and return to the paintbrushes." theartkey.com
"Gary was born in Kent in 1957. After showing early promise in a whole range of artistic pursuits he was offered a place at art college but instead elected to follow a career as a professional musician. After several years as a successful guitarist Gary turned his back on the rock and roll lifestyle and began to paint professionally.
Gary's subject matter derives from personal memories and everyday impressions, and each element of his paintings is presented with wit and cheerful nostalgia. While he describes his earlier work as "safe", his illness encouraged him to become more expressive and channel his life experiences and emotions into his engaging images. He also creates uplifting poetry to complement each piece of artwork.
He is now one of the most popular artists in the country. His one-man shows sell out immediately and there are always10+ buyers for each painting." http://www.clark-art.co.uk/artists/4271/gary-bunt