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Joshua Cunningham

PAINTINGS

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Joshua Cunningham - Islands Above the Orchard 9x12
Joshua Cunningham - Superior Afternoon 16x12
Joshua Cunningham - Golden Gusts 12x20

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Joshua Cunningham lives in St. Paul, with his wife Shannon, their children, Greta, William, and a sheepdog. He has been a professional artist for 20 years and is an member of the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota, Oil Painters of America, and a signature member of the American Impressionist Society. His work has been featured as a St Paul Art Crawl Poster award winner, on the cover of Plein Air Magazine, and has won awards in international juried shows in New York and Spain.

He has exhibited with the Science Museum of Minnesota, The Bell Museum of Natural History, The Minnesota Marine Art Museum. In 2024, his work was archived as part of a cultural time capsule on the moon, in the Lunar Codex, aboard the Odysseus Lander.

Joshua grew up the third of five boys, on 60 acres of woods, wetlands, and pastures in Isanti, Minnesota. His path to becoming a professional artist was as winding as the country roads and nameless creeks from his boyhood home. For Joshua, plein air painting brought him back to his rural roots, just a boy in the woods and his imagination at the same time.

Artist Statement

We are here, for a time. Barns are here, for a time. Cities are here, for a time. Few experiences are as challenging or enriching as painting on location. It isn’t long before I find myself defending my work against mercurial skies and the constant march of the sun. Shadows move, and colors change, leaving me to paint from memory.

The field studies are finished work, in their own right. They hold in them the intense experience of their creation. In the studio, these paintings return me to the scene, bringing back not only what I saw, but also the sounds, smells, and stories shared by the passing stranger. It is all in the paint — along with dust from the fields and grit from the road. The work reflects the visual and visceral experiences of a vibrant and spontaneous exploration of our shared connection to the natural world.

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