Terence Cuneo exhibition to launch in Hull

Legendary railway artist Terence Cuneo’s life and work will be celebrated at an exhibition as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

 One of Terence Cuneo’s most famous paintings –  Giants Refreshed  – depicting A4’ No. 1  Sir Ronald Matthews  receiving the finishing touches to its garter blue livery alongside ‘A2/3’ No. 520  Owen Tudor . NRM/ESTATE OF TERENCE CUNEO/BRIDGEMAN IMAGES

One of Terence Cuneo’s most famous paintings – Giants Refreshed – depicting A4’ No. 1 Sir Ronald Matthews receiving the finishing touches to its garter blue livery alongside ‘A2/3’ No. 520 Owen Tudor. NRM/ESTATE OF TERENCE CUNEO/BRIDGEMAN IMAGES

Named Painting Power: The Art of Terence Cuneo, the exhibition runs at the University of Hull’s Brynmor Jones Library from 13 December 2017 to 15 April 2018.

Terence Cuneo was one of Britain’s foremost railway artists, with a great many of his works forming the basis of well-known British Railways posters, such as the famed Giants Refreshed. Cuneo was also the official artist for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

In addition to his railway works, Cuneo depicted military history, state and public occasions, industry and technology, wildlife and portraiture.

A number of Cuneo’s paintings are held in the Science Museum Group collection, including the huge depiction of Waterloo Station painted in 1967, but this will be the first time both the Science Museum and National Railway Museum’s Cuneo collections have been exhibited together.

Curated by Ian Blatchford, Director of the SMG, and Andrew McLean, Assistant Director and Head Curator of the NRM, the exhibition is the SMG’s contribution to Hull City of Culture 2017, a year-long programme of cultural events inspired by the city.

For an insight into the Science Museum Group’s wider Cuneo collection, a film of Ian Blatchford reuniting Carole Cuneo with one of the artist’s huge original paintings can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7dxFuRobo8.