My name is Mick Dunn, I was born in London and have lived here ever since. I studied sculpture at Hornsey Art School, and on leaving started work as assistant for Astrid Zydower, a talented but sadly rather neglected figurative sculptress, working on many commissions for the British Council and private collectors. She died in 2005 and since then I have worked in two dimensions, mostly in oils, on landscapes of my home town and portraits of my friends.
I say two dimensions, but pictorial depth is always present in my work, the goal is to make you feel that you are there, as looking through a window into a complete world that extends forever beyond the frame, any composition or stylistic element should not be allowed to get in the way of the viewer’s sense of being there, breathing the air, hearing the sounds.
London is my chief subject, and its permanent residents and temporary visitors, I love the way they space themselves on London’s stage, often seeming alone even in crowds, and I never invent any figure, they were all there at that place, though perhaps not at the same time, and I will leave out some cars, some people, occasionally, to clarify the feeling, but that may have to change as it feels like too much intervention!
I include a few life drawings on the site, rapid poses in watercolour crayon, just because I like them, but that are in sketch books and therefore not for sale.