New Exhibition by Kevin Chunisingh – “The Story so Far…”

Following an accident in 2009, artist Kevin Chunisingh is Tetraplegic, resulting in paralysis from the chest down and loss of hand function. Having never painted before, in 2014 Kevin found a way to strap a paintbrush to his hand and since then he has been working with acrylics and different mediums on a variety of subject matters.

In January of this year, Kevin submitted three pieces of work for The Dr Huw Bevan Jones Art Award, a bi-annual event held by Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery. Although he didn’t win the competition, his work caught the eye of the judges and gallery manager, Eiryl George. “There was just that ‘something’ that drew you to Kevin’s work”, says Eiryl – “a vibrancy and life-force that seemed to lift the painting off the canvas. We are delighted to have Kevin’s work here at Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery”.

As his journey in to painting progressed, Kevin has been more and more drawn to wildflower meadows.  He says “I have enjoyed painting scenes inspired by my favourite outdoor places. I tend to paint better from seeing and feeling a place by being there, rather than just from photos”

Kevin needs some physical help to paint which is time limited, so when he does get the opportunity to do so, he can feel a lot of additional pressure to create something good. He often feels exhausted by the end, both mentally and physically, but it’s worth the effort, especially, he says, when someone connects to his work.

Kevin is currently developing some new subject ideas based upon texture and rust, inspired in part by tree bark at Dinefwr Park. He lives in Burry Port with his wife Becky.

The exhibition “The Story so Far” runs from Tuesday, April 30th until June 8th in Gallery 2 at Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery, King Street Carmarthen.

Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery, 24 King Street, Carmarthen is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm. Admission is free.

For more information, please contact Eiryl George 01267 243815 or eiryl@acgc.co.uk

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