I was trained in the techniques of 19th century French Academic Realist painters and have emulated the work of the Old Masters for their fluid use of paint. In addition to this foundation I have looked to street photographers as inspiration in terms of subject matter and composition. I seek to portray contemporary realism but leave it in a place that could be any decade.
As an artist, my goal is to convey an emotion to the viewer with the simplest means. My work is about painting toward an emotion and knowing when to stop working lest the entire structure fall apart. Leaving the paintings in place were the viewer can pick up in their imagination where I left off.
- David Cunningham