Artist biography

John TUNNARD b. 1900

Painter of semi-abstract compositions and amateur naturalist. Born 7 May 1900 at Sandy, Bedfordshire. Educated at Charterhouse and won the Struan Robertson Prize in Art twice running. Studied at the R.C.A., being awarded diploma in design 1919–23. Married Mary Robertson, A.R.C.A. Began as a textile designer for Tootal Broadhurst Lee 1923–9 and as art adviser to the carpet manufacturers H. M. Southwell. Part-time teacher in design at the Central School 1929. Moved to Cadgwith, Cornwall, 1930, and started a hand-blocked printed silk business with his wife. Turned to painting and exhibited three paintings at the R.A. 1931. First one-man exhibition at the Redfern Gallery 1933. Member of the London Group 1934. Served as a coastguard during the Second World War. Art Master at Wellington College 1945. Since 1948 has taught design at Penzance School of Art. Designed mural for the Festival of Britain 1951.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II