Woking, The Lightbox, The Road to Abstraction, 21 May – 24 July 2016;
Hastings, Jerwood Gallery, Century: 100 Modern British Artists, 23 October 2016 – 8 January 2017;
Kendal, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Land | Sea | Life: A British Art Collection, 20 October 2017 – 17 February 2018
Initially, Tunnard’s style was realistic, and it was in the 1940s that he began to move towards a more abstract way of painting. Tunnard was a key figure in the development of abstraction in Britain, although he always chose to remain independent of other artists, taking inspiration from surrealism as well. This abstract composition painted in oil on glass allows the colours to glow. Slightly mechanistic and surreal, the propeller is a symbol that often recurs in his work.