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 MSC Mia, 2020, Oil on canvas, 40.5 x 30.5cm
“I found a photograph that I liked of him (Ed Sheeran) at the Yesterday film premiere and I decided to change the background and replace the jumper for an Ipswich Town shirt as a nod to where I was born and Ed being a big ITFC supporter.”
What’s next – more and more paintings? Will painting remain just a hobby or will it become full-time? Although I am not classed as a full-time artist, for me art isn’t a hobby it’s work. I like working in the music industry (I’m a Hire Library Warehouse Administrator for the Wise Music Group in Bury St Edmunds) just as much as painting. I have found a good work balance with the two. I am planning to create a large body of work in 2021 to hopefully have a solo exhibition early 2022.
Which artist inspires you?
David Hockney for his bold use of colour, composition and simplicity. Lucian Freud for skin tone. I would say Jonathan Yeo inspires me the most because his portraits are realistic but not photographic. I like to paint what I see but I don’t go to the stage where I am painting someone’s individual pores. I want my paintings to look like paintings.
Where can people view your work?
I am currently working on getting a website up and running. In the meantime you can find me on most social media platforms.
Facebook: JNunn Portraits Twitter: JNunnArtist Instagram: jnunnart
‘ out where certain parts should be. I paint the first layer quite loosely to get the shapes in, and then with the second layer, I correct the colour and start to add detail. For the final layer I go over the whole painting, adding the finer details.
Roughly how long does each picture take you?
Smaller works tend to take me five days and larger works 10-14 days.
What made you want to paint Ed Sheeran? What’s the story behind that? I was inspired by Colin Davidson’s paintings of Ed at the ‘Made in Suffolk’ exhibition at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich. Local to the mansion is a shop called MF Gallery; I went there to get an artwork framed and I showed the owner what I had been working on during lockdown. We then discussed painting something for their shop window and that’s when I thought about painting Ed. I found a photograph that I liked of him at the Yesterday film premiere and I decided to change the background and replace the jumper for an Ipswich Town shirt as a nod to where I was born, and Ed being a big ITFC supporter.
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The painting received a lot of positive feedback on my social media platforms. In addition the local newspaper wanted to write an article on the painting, and I was invited to do two radio interviews
with BBC Radio Suffolk.
 Clogwyn Du Ridge Scramble, 2020, Oil on canvas, 80 x 60cm



















































































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