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Alan Gunston - railway artist

Alan Gunston undertakes commissions and work related to his favourite subjects - trains and railways.

Having lived and worked in Cumbria for 30 years, it was almost inevitable that on his retirement, Alan would renew his long-standing interest and hobby in railways – made all the stronger by Cumbria and Lancashire’s long railway heritage.

This passion, which started in early childhood would later be reflected through drawing and painting, starting in earnest in the late 1970’s, resulting in Alan becoming an Associate Member of the Guild of Railway Artists during that period. Examples of his work were subsequently exhibited at several Rail-Art shows, culminating in four paintings being included in the Guild’s first book; The Great Western Collection.

In 1986 Alan was invited to submit two paintings to the By Land, Air and Sea art exhibition in Bath, which brought together the Guilds of Maritime, Aviation and Railway artists. Although both works sold to good collections, Alan put his painting career on hold for family and career until 2011 when he took early retirement from Cumbria County Council.

Recent work has included two book jackets, two railway posters and several other paintings, in a variety of mediums. Alan says his primary objective as a railway artist has been to reflect both the social and physical dimensions of this compulsive subject and wherever possible – to strike a chord with the viewer.