Jack Dunnett

Jack Dunnett creates scenes of a world which is not detached from our own, but  rooted in the human experience of it -- scenes of places which are other-worldly, yet have essences of familiarity and shared involvement. Narratives which forever remain unclear yet profess that there is a story to be told.


Dunnett uses figures to place the human in context, allowing his characters to live in the paintings without firm footing, perpetually aware of their alienation in their ambiguous environment, but never becoming distressed about their inability to leave.


Along with figures from films Dunnett uses imagery from his own photography -- either photos taken as a child or from his current visual documentation of images of interest. He also occasionally capture scenes in the form of videos, and uses stills from these scenes to inform his work.


The paintings themselves are physically made up of carefully considered colour, and chemical/building materials which change the paint in some way. He uses traditional painting materials and techniques alongside those chemicals, to create a tension between the formal and the uncontrollable, and to allow chemical reactions to take place on the canvas which can then be controlled or worked with.