TJ Cunningham- Cool Splendor, Oil, 20 x 20 inches

TJ Cunningham

Born in 1988, TJ Cunningham grew up in the quintessential, little New England town of Cambridge, Vermont, where he spent most of his time outdoors. The small farms, wooded hills and shallow streams of his boyhood haunts were fertile with inspiration. It was the perfect place to awaken a desire to create. TJ pursued this desire into adulthood by studying commercial art at Pensacola Christian College. It was there that he discovered oil painting. He often describes the experience as, “love at first sight.”

Since the beginning of TJ’s career in fine art, he has come to focus on the landscape and spends much of his time outdoors painting from life. His work continues to grow in notoriety. In 2014, Southwest Art highlighted Cunningham as one of America’s emerging artists in their annual “21 under 31” article. He has received numerous awards including “Best overall Oil” in the November/October 7th Annual Plein Air Salon. He has also received, 1st Place Landscape (2016), Honorable Mention (2016), 5th Place (2014) and Exceptional Merit (2013) from The Portrait Society of America.

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Education

Bachelor of Science in Commercial Art — Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, FL, 2006 – 2010

Honors and Awards

2018 Outstanding Composition and Technique Award of Excellence, 27th National Juried Exhibition of Oil Painters of America, Steamboat Springs, CO

2018 Honorable Mention, 13th International Art Renewal Center Salon Competition, Port Reading, NJ

2016 First Place Landscape, 2016 Member’s Only Competition, Portrait Society of America

2016 Honorable Mention, 2016 International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America

2015 Best Overall Oil, October/November bimonthly Plein Air Salon Competition

2015 The BoldBrush Award, October 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition

2014 Fifth Place, 2014 International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America

2014 Travis H. Toland Memorial Award, The 23rd Annual Juried Art Show, Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, Breckenridge, TX

2013 Exceptional Merit, 2013 International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America

 Solo Shows

2017 The River, Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, VT

2013 Adirondack Lake, Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, VT.

Selected Exhibitions

2018 Rising Stars, Argosy Gallery, Bar Harbor, ME

2018 Summer Salon, Collins Galleries, Orleans, MA

2018 This Land is…, ARCADIA CONTEMPORARY, Pasadena, CA

2018 Exploring Air, Edgewater Gallery, Stowe, VT

2018 27th OPA National Juried Exhibition, Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO

2017 Five and Under, ARCADIA CONTEMPORARY, Pasadena, CA

2016 Mountain Oyster Club Art Show, Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ