Introducing Luby Cunningham
Luby’s paintings are a journey through landscapes and memory. They are inspired by places and things and expressed on extremely different layers. From landscape-scale colours and forms to the microscopic details and texture, these layers are enframed so that, on looking closer, the eye discovers different communities of paintings which speak for themselves within the one work.
Luby uses a wide variety of materials which can take on a life of their own so that all the marks, colours and textures become significant. Her art encompass movement, change and accident, which happen organically alongside the idea and informing the understanding of the piece. Childhood and memory play a large part in her work. Luby grew up in the grounds of Powys and Chirk Castles in Wales, UK and moved to New York State before returning to the UK in Shropshire, England. After Shrewsbury Art School she got a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Staffordshire University in 1997. After a few years in Manchester working and exhibiting with a group of artists and doing community artwork she moved back to Shropshire to set up a studio and has been painting ever since. Luby has exhibited at the original Turner prize for British landscape painters at The Mall Galleries in London 2001, many local and regional galleries, Birmingham Artfest in 03 & 04; the Art of England Show’s in 06 & 07, has featured on the ITV television show A Brush With Fame; designs and delivers community art workshops for local authorities, charities and private companies.
Luby has been an Artist in Residence at New College, Telford for three years now and teaches Fine Art part time at a local prestigious Independent School. Luby has had work commissioned by television personalities and private companies in the UK, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico and New York.