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 Ed, 2020, Oil on canvas, 100 x 100cm
eye-catching artwork of Suffolk’s Jason Nunn
was one of 18 artists to have work shown in the exhibition.
I have produced art for show flats which was a fun, creative and challenging experience. Most recently I was involved in a portrait initiative set up on Instagram called 'Portraits of NHS Heroes'. It was set up by artist Tom Croft. He offered to paint an NHS key worker’s portrait for free to say thank you for their hard work during the pandemic. He thought maybe other artists would want to do the same, so he made the proposal
via video message on Instagram. It went viral and thousands of portraits were produced. My painting was one of a few hundred to be included in the Bloomsbury publication of 'Portrait for NHS Heroes'. A minimum of £2.50 from each sale will go to NHS Charities Together.
Do you mainly paint portraits?
Yes, portraiture has been my focus for the last ten years or so. Although during the national lockdown last March, I started
painting landscapes. Recently, I was commissioned to paint one of MSC’s container ships docked up at Felixstowe Port. My next commission is going to be of a steam locomotive. So, lockdown has been a very experimental period for my art.
How do you build up a painting?
I start by editing the reference image to determine the best composition. I mainly draw the outline freehand but when it comes to pieces with intricate details on a larger scale, I use a grid to help me map ‘

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