Gareth Bunting is an artist and keen backpacker. He is interested in how places exist in the mind, and painstakingly paints sprawling, fantastical and dreamlike landscapes from memory with an original and unique dry brush ink technique. His existential and often deeply personal 'landscape portraits' depict surreal and rich inner spaces. He breaks down traditional ideas of space and place, of borders and barriers, and creates surreal virtual worlds which investigate the impact of 21st century technology on the self, on the collective consciousness of humanity and on the environment. The lines are blurred between the real and the unreal, between our virtual realities and the physical world. He cleverly juxtaposes order and chaos, and contrasts organic fractal-like painterly natural forms with mechanical, architectural and ‘man-made’ forms.
He warps scale and perspective, and tells stories through visual narrativised symbolism along his rich landscapes. His work highlights the age of the Anthropocene, and depicts the impact of humanity on the natural landscape, and the constant battle between order and chaos.
|Signature art prize for drawing and printmaking 2015||degreeart||Winner||2016|
|ICAC International Confederation for Art Critics||ICAC||Nominated For||2016|
|New Light art prize||Parker Harris||Nominated For||2015|