Gary Bunt was born in 1957 in East Peckham. His passion for painting began when he was in his mid-twenties having bought himself some watercolour paints to go alongside his keen interests - reading poetry, writing and playing music (mainly the guitar). Being self-taught and having had to overcome health battles meant he felt even more compelled to paint in his own style. It is this distinctive style that his collectors and admirers have fallen in love with and now his paintings feature in private and corporate collections worldwide.
Bunt's work is inspired by a cross section of Modern British artists, especially painters of The Bloomsbury and St. Ives groups. He has extensive knowledge of them and their work. Gary is in the process of moving to Sussex. The landscape to which he is moving has been a regular inspiration for his work. But he is always happiest when painting in 'the shed' (his studio). He has built a new shed which is nestled in his tranquil and rather wonderful garden which he has designed and landscaped this summer. The village church spire can be seen from his easel and the South Downs are close by.
Bunt's natural technical ability combined with his special personal 'take' on life makes a powerful combination. This exhibition, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, is his 10th at Portland Gallery. It follows his characters, the man and his canine companion(s), through the seasons.
Gary is married to Lynn and has two children, Georgia and Henry.
1964 My Yellow Book for good conduct and helpfulness
1965 Tunbridge Wells Recorder Festival
1967 20 yards Swimming Certificate - Doggy paddle
1968 Cycling Proficiency
1970/1 Gold Award for House points
1972 Mr Howard, 6 strokes
1977 Awarded caution for possession of cannabis
1978 3 points for speeding
1983 Wedding Certificate (No1)
1983 Son 7lb, 12oz
1986 Decree Nisi
1987 Absolute discharge from Bankruptcy
1989 Wedding Certificate (No 2)
1994 Daughter 6lb, 2oz
2001 Reiki Master
2003 Baptism and Confirmation Certificate
2005 Parking Ticket Tonbridge & Malling District Council
2006 Granddaughter Poppy weighed in at 5lbs 6ozs
2007 Received membership card to Saga
2013 Granddaughter Iris Lydia weighed in at 7lbs 7ozs
2014 Awarded Silver medal for endurance - 25 years of marriage
2015 Recipient of first grey hairs
2016 Became Patron of local Knitting and Natter club
2017 New Shed
2017 Member of Over Sixties Friendship group
Portland Gallery exclusively represents Gary Bunt.