John Dunne

John Dunne – Trinket Seller, Moore Street Dublin. 1990. Mixed Media 49x33cm
John Dunne – Moore Street Market, Dublin. Mixed Media 49x33cm

John Dunne is a Dublin based Irish visual artist and figurative painter who works in several media including Oils, Acrylic and Pastel. For many years, he has been interested in the relationship between art and theology, which has resulted in a two-pronged approach to his paintings. As a professional artist, he has explored the creation of art works that reflects his own faith. He has completed a degree in theology and a master’s level certification in theology, art, and imagination.

His paintings express the sense of separation and estrangement as found in The Song of Songs and in the seven last words of Christ from the cross. In the past twenty-five years, he has painted several such themes, spending time in an attempt to create a body of work that would do justice to these subjects. His last group of paintings explored John Henry Newman’s poem The dream of Gerontius together with repeated listening to the composer Elgar’s oratorio based on the same poem.

He has also explored the writing of Icons, learning much from this practice by way of the spiritual approach and patience needed to complete an Icon. For the past seven years, he has been involved in the group, “Arts and Spirituality Ireland.” The group’s intention has been the promotion of an awareness of the spiritual in art by holding conferences, visiting museums, and providing a platform for those who create works of art from a spiritual vision. He has chaired this group for the past five years.