Augustus Lunn was a key figure in the revival of tempera painting in Britain, muralist, draughtsman and teacher, H Augustus Lunn became a student of Kingston School of Art, winning a scholarship to Royal College of Art when William Rothenstein was principal. Won the Edward Abbey Mural Scholarship. Lunn joined the staff at Kingston, but also restored murals – for example, at Marlborough House – and carried out commissions for original murals. As an easel painter his output was small but of high quality. He showed at NEAC, Cooling Galleries, LG, RA and elsewhere, but did not have a solo show until that at Michael Parkin’s Gallery in 1985. Lunn admired the work of Giorgio de Chirico and Fernand Léger, and a strongly Surrealist element is present in much of his output, as well as a tendency towards abstraction.
He said: “I am never interested in recording a scene. I want to reconstruct.”
Text source: ‘Artists in Britain Since 1945’ by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)