Gunn, Adam


When the Bad Thing Happens

When the Bad Thing Happens is a work that evolved out of an improvised painting process. I began by creating the organic-shaped wooden support, which I feel resembles wonky visual perception. I allowed the shape to allude to a simple sense of movement, building loose brushstrokes that were later rendered into objects suggested through observation of the paint and brushwork. The imagery in the painting took on the form of a great storm, which may have been an unconscious response to the concern for a friend of mine whose family and home were in Puerto Rico during the devastating hurricane in fall 2017.

Oil on wood panel,
  • 2017
60 x 84 x 25,4 cm



Adam Gunn hails originally from Nova Scotia and currently lives in Montreal. He received a BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax and an MFA from Concordia University in Montreal. He was a finalist in the 13th and 15th RBC Canadian Painting Competitions, the 2010 Nova Scotian winner in the BMO 1st Art! competition, and is this year’s recipient of the Nancy Petry Award. His solo show Anything, Anytime, Anyplace, For No Reason at All was held at Art Mûr in January 2018. His paintings are in many private collections. He currently works with improvised shaped paintings that represent and imbed processes of change, growth, mutation, and creation.