Megan Dunbar is an Irish artist based in Liverpool, UK. Focusing on landscapes of places that hold meaning for her, some are true representations of the scene and others more like a dreamy memory of her experience at the location. Dunbar’s works invoke feelings of nostalgia, happiness and peaceful reflection. She works almost exclusively in oil paints, on stretched canvas or board.
Her practice is rooted in traditional representation and methods, but Dunbar constantly challenges her understanding of “painting” and explores the ways paint can be used to represent concepts of light, time, and movement. She uses brushes, palette knives and sometimes fingers as efficiently as possible, condensing her vision onto canvas, whilst still being sure to leave room for a subjective and capturing experience.
Having grown up in the beautiful, rural town of Enniskillen, Dunbar has always been interested in land and townscapes. As a child, she would visit the West coast of Ireland, namely County Sligo, with its rugged coastline, dramatic mountains and eerie golden light. It is from here that she draws a lot of her inspiration.
After graduating her Fine Art Degree in Sheffield, Dunbar moved to a small village outside Cambridge called Orwell. Here, the juxtaposition of sprawling agricultural landscape meeting vast open skies at a clear linear horizon opened her eyes to the drama that can be found in the sky. Thatched cottages and gardens abundant with colour filled her days with beauty and her interest in nature and the landscape grew. It was only through the time for reflection offered by the Covid-19 pandemic that Dunbar decided to fully commit to art full time. She uprooted and moved to Liverpool where she can now be found every day in her studio, surrounded by oil paint and canvas.
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