The River and the Painter: Simon Gunning, New Orleans, and the Mississippi River and its Bayous
Australian-born Simon Gunning left his native country in the 1970s with plans to attend a graduate program in England for painting. On his way, he traveled through the United States and to New Orleans, where he was captivated by the cityâ€™s urban landscape set amongst a lush backdrop of tropical flora and cypress swamps. Gunning moved to New Orleans in 1981 and began painting its neighborhood streets and later, the natural scenery of South Louisiana. Gunningâ€™s paintings depict a range of local subject matter, such as the Creole cottage-lined streets of the cityâ€™s historic neighborhoods, passing barges on the Mississippi River, and the serenity of two fishermen in the Honey Island Swamp.