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William Cunningham was born in 1946 and grew up near Crossgar, Co.Down. His studies took him to University at Queen’s Belfast, York and London. After lecturing for several years, he had his first exhibition at the Cromie Gallery in 1978, after which he decided to go professional.
William is largely self taught, having received no formal art training apart from that he obtained whilst at school. He has been painting from a very early age and has been influenced over the years by renowned Irish painters such as McKelvey, Craig and Carr.
Williams success may be explained in his quest to capture the vibrant colours of cornfields, poppies, and sailboats often in a setting sun or moonlit setting. His skill at painting water, with its shimmering light and many reflections has always drawn admiration. William has never felt that he has arrived, he is always striving to do better, to be more vigorous and lively with his colour, to keep developing and changing approaches; in one word, to one day attain the perfect.
Throughout his career, William has had many successful exhibitions across the island of Ireland and has had several of his works published in print by the worlds leading art publishers. He is well respected by his fellow artists and collectors of Irish Art across the globe.
As he paints away in his Co.Down studio, William keeps in mind what Tom Carr once said to him “Art must be simple but profound.”
We at Irish Art Plus have been very fortunate to have been entrusted with the promotion and sale of Williams work now for many years. We look forward to being able to continue making many new pieces available to our highly valued clients for many years to come.