- Image of the Day -
"Pushing for Home"
Feature Artist Bio
Joshua Cunningham - Pushing for Home
Joshua Cunningham - Wild Flowers and Cloud Shadows
Joshua Cunningham - Root River Reveler
Joshua Cunningham - Flowers and Trestle
Joshua Cunningham - Beyond the Barn
Joshua Cunningham - Drizzly Day
Joshua Cunningham - Fall in a Puddle
Joshua Cunningham - Fall Below the Bluffs
Joshua Cunningham - Dust and Steam
Joshua Cunningham - Roll Through Fall
Joshua Cunningham - Evening in the St. Paul Yard
Joshua Cunningham - Harvest Moon
ARTIST'S OFFICIAL BIO https://www.joshuacunningham.com/about/
By permission of the artist, The Cyber Art Show is pleased to feature the first of two 12-piece exhibitions of works by American painter Joshua Cunningham (Born 1974 in Minnesota, USA).
Joshua Cunningham lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife Shannon and their children Greta and William. He grew up the third of five boys, in rural Isanti, Minnesota. Joshua’s journey to art and oil painting started as a youngster, and continued in college at Saint Cloud State. Art slowly took a back seat to other college pursuits at the time, but a year and half later, that inclination to make art was reborn in the wake of tragedy. The loss of his youngest brother, Ryan to a car accident shook the whole family. Seeing his brother’s life and dreams cut short, Joshua pursued his own with renewed vigor, shaping both his talent and motivation.
Joshua decided to start fresh at St. John’s University; there he found some solace from his grief in the surrounding woods, figure drawing, sculpture, but mostly in painting. As the school year wound down, he was offered an extraordinary opportunity to apprentice for Minnesota fresco and portrait painter Mark Balma. As the summer rolled into the fall, Joshua’s time with Balma transitioned from materials preparation to a formal drawing program. To focus on this new direction, Joshua decided against returning to university. This wonderful period of study with Balma was to last about 13 months. A door had opened to a challenging world of form and light and would set Joshua firmly on a lifetime pursuit of representational art.
After this, he studied figure drawing for two-and-a-half years with Dale Redpath at The Atelier (formerly Atelier Lack) in North East Minneapolis, Minnesota. During those drawing sessions a fellow student mentioned a school in St. Paul, Hurinenko and Paquet Studio. This conversation was followed up by a visit during an open studio event. Impressed by the work and the potential for a new direction Joshua enrolled. With a great deal of joy and humor Jeff Hurinenko taught Joshua to trust his drawing and build upon it with the beauty and value of indirect painting, oil painting of still life’s and portraits. Jeff, an apprentice of another Minnesota fresco and portrait painter, Charles (Chuck) Kapsner, taught what he has come to understand to be the methods and techniques of the Flemish and Dutch masters. Jeff’s studio partner, Joe Paquet taught an ala prima method of oil painting through the landscape. Joe, a student of John Phillip Osborne, brought a passion for and understanding of the prismatic palette. He offered Joshua a principled approach to pursue the infinite beauty in the world of outdoor painting by capturing the light effect of a given moment with speed, accuracy, respect and humility. Through Joe’s teaching, painting outside would become the foundation for Joshua’s artistic pursuits.
Joshua shares his work and life with his wife Shannon, without whom, none of this would be worthwhile or possible. The joy and depth they have in their life together with Greta and William, has become the counter point to the loss of his brother. This is the emotional landscape from which Joshua paints.
- Gallery Artist, Grand Hill Gallery, St. Paul MN
- Gallery Artist, Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
June - Judge for The Redwing Plein Air Festival
July - Aug - Plein Air Invitational @ Groveland Gallery
Aug - Plein Air Smackdown @ Groveland Gallery
Sept - Hastings Plein Air Event - hosted by Andy Evansen Art Studio
Nov - Featured Artist, White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake, MN
Dec- Jan Spot Light Show, "Driftless" @ Groveland Gallery
- Gallery Artist, Grand Hill Gallery, St. Paul MN
Apr - A Spring Show
Dec - Selected Works
- Guest Artist, Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis MN
Jan- March - Open Air, Plein Air Paintings
June-Aug - Sea to Sea, Art from the National Parks
Aug - Plein Air Smackdown
- Featured Artist, White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake, MN
July - Aug - Truth in Nature, Plein Air Exhibition
Solo Show, Christ Lutheran Church, Marine on St Croix, MN
Apr - May - Show of work from 2015 Artist Residency at Pine Needles
Dec- Jan - OPM (Outdoor Painters of Mn) Group Show, Highland FrameWorks, St. Paul, MN
- Gallery Artist, Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro MN
Jan-Feb Gallery Artist, Grand Hill Gallery, St. Paul MN
March-April Edward C Curtis Featured Artist, Minneapolis Club, Mpls MN
April-May Featured Artist, FrameWorks Gallery, St. Paul MN
May - Gallery Artist, Gallery 360, Minneapolis MN
May - OPA 24th Annual Juried Show at Cutter & Cutter Fine Art, St Augustine FL
June -Aug ‘Open Road’ Juried Group Show, Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, MN
Aug Artist Residency at Pine Needles, MN Science Museum’s Watershed Research Station
Oct - Solo Show at Cambridge Center for the Arts, Cambridge, MN
Nov - Jan OPM (Outdoor Painters of Mn) Group Show, Highland FrameWorks, St. Paul,
Nov- Jan North, Grand Hill Gallery, St. Paul MN
December 11, 2017
Twelve Pieces by Contemporary Artist
Joshua Cunningham (Born 1974)
“Oil Painting is the way I seek to understand what interests me, stirs my faith, and awakens old memories. Whether painting in the studio or out in the field, I do my best to convey what caught my eye. I paint what I see, because I feel representational painting offers a human expression of the world around us in a language we all hold in common.
This vision led me out of academia and onto a more personal path leading me to the figure, portraiture, still-life, and finally into working outside, painting the landscape, where I now continue to spend the bulk of my painting time.
My understanding and empathy for what can constitute a ‘subject’ continues to grow with each painting. In my life as an artist, my primary goal, is to continue getting better, that I might do better by my subjects. If I have done right by them, the paintings have a chance to stir you as the scene has stirred me.”