Edward Dunn's painting of Newport Estuary in Spring - en plein air

En Plein Air – Artist Edward Dunn

This month Pembrokeshire Life Online is delighted to feature the work of local artist Ed Dunn – unlike previous interviewed artists, Ed paints ‘en plein air’ – he completes his work outside in the fresh air and discovered only in the last few years that this is his metier! I think you will agree, when you look at his Pembrokeshire landscapes, that he captures the light and atmosphere magnificently.

En Plein Air

Pioneered by the great painter, Constable, in the mid-nineteenth century and then further developed in France, paintings en plein air are completed entirely on location and make the most of the natural light and fresh air. This approach was adopted by the impressionists and the rural naturalist painters in particular.

Ed finds that he can respond quickly and directly to the atmosphere and feeling of the moment, location and changing environment.

Ed finds that he can respond quickly and directly to the atmosphere and feeling of the moment, location and changing environment. He works quickly to capture the light and shadows and, if the weather suddenly changes, he can finish off a piece spreading out materials and the work in progress across the front three seats of his van. Using photographs is not quite the same, he says, as the camera has already made some decisions for you and Ed will usually take advantage of fine weather spells to get out and paint (Continued below the gallery).

As our featured artist for May, you can enjoy some of his work here on the Pembrokeshire Life Online blog where we have created a background slideshow for you to enjoy, perhaps as you sit with a glass of wine and some music while you relax and lose yourself in his paintings.

To view the slideshow click on the TV icon at bottom right corner of your screen as it toggles the website On & Off to display the paintings.

About the artist – Edward Dunn.

After a fine arts degree, Ed worked in animation for a time and then, due to a life drawing class being full, joined his wife Carlo Briscoe in a ceramics class. He loved it and in 1988 they set up their own business hand-painting tiles and this became their livelihood, initially in London and then from their home on the border of Pembrokeshire. Influenced by trips to Portugal and Spain, Ed and Carlo have spent 29 years creating their exquisite tiles and ceramics from their West Wales base and work has included the tiles for 72 Waitrose stores. For examples of their work have a look at Reptile Tiles, here.

As their children grew up, Ed found time to return to painting – moving away from his earlier styles, he has now found his niche painting on much smaller canvasses or heavy watercolour paper with acrylics, which suits the outdoor approach. This  has been quite a revelation to him. Hearing him talk about his work and seeing the finished paintings, it is clear that Ed is able to celebrate the landscapes he loves in his work – for him Pembrokeshire has so much to inspire – the farmland, coastal scenery, geology, sand and sea as well as the fast-changing skies, with the clouds and sun providing that special light that so many artists love. Ed has many favourite parts along the coast path to paint, but has also just spent some days in Tenby; bringing buildings and people into his recent works.

If you come across Ed on location please feel free to stop for a few words – he welcomes this and enjoys talking to other painters from far and wide, photographers and interested passers-by that also love the Pembrokeshire land and sea-scapes. To see Ed’s work you can go to Oriel in Newport, visit the Edward Dunn website, here or, if you are in Cardiff, his next exhibition runs from 26th May -1st July 2017:

The Edward Dunn Exhibition runs from 26th May -1st July 2017

This show will include 40 of Ed’s paintings and some ceramics and tiles by Carlo Briscoe.

Victoria Fearn Gallery
6b Heol y Deri
CF14 6HF

Check out our ‘Artists Interviewed’ Podcast here and listen to the full interview with Ed Dunn:


Listen HERE:   Artists Interviewed Podcast – Edward Dunn


Suzanne Ashworth of West Wales Web and Pembrokeshire Life Online
Words & Interview by Suzanne Ashworth

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