Kane Cunningham (Manchester 1961) first gained world-wide prominence in 2009 when he created a work of art on the edge of a cliff in Scarborough, a seaside town in the north of England. He bought a house with his credit card that was destined to be demolished due to cliff erosion. He saw an opportunity to create an art installation and sculpture which explored issues related to the environment and the multiple narratives of life.
Cunningham said, ‘I knew the project was big when the New York Times contacted me to chat about the project, it seemed to stimulate people’s imagination and has since been the source inspiration for people to write songs, poetry, books, plays, and radio plays. However, I knew the project had really gone global when I was asked to do two live BBC World Service interviews to talk about the project.’
Cunningham is a landscape artist who engages with the politics of the landscape and the competing ideas of a contested space. However, his main concern is to explore watercolour painting as a contemporary medium and to highlight its historical significance within landscape painting.
Cunningham said, “Watercolour is a wonderfully expressive medium and links directly to the work of JMW Turner who mastered the painting of light. My work tries to emulate some of his techniques and ideas but within the framework of contemporary landscape painting.” Cunningham’s work offers an exciting, expressive and fluid take on the traditional landscape, bringing it up to date with beautiful work and important contemporary theory.
Kane recently had a successful one-man show at Scarborough Art Gallery in 2019-2020. He is presently creating new work for a major ‘Coast to Coast’ exhibition planned for the DalesCountryside Museum in Hawes in 2023. (Small addition about Kanes book)