(b Sandy, Beds, May 17, 1900; d Penzance, Dec 18, 1971).
English painter. After studying design (1919–23) at the Royal College of Art, London, he worked as a textile designer and adviser, and was also active as a jazz musician. In 1929 he took up painting and became a part-time design teacher at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London. Tunnard first painted romantic landscapes such as The Farm Pond (1933; Bradford, Cartwright Hall), but from the mid-1930s, under the influence of Klee and Miró, his work became more abstract and began to reflect his interest in plant and animal life and geology. After settling in the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall in 1933, he studied local wildlife and became an expert field botanist, collecting rare insects for the British Museum. The rhythmical designs in his work were inspired by these natural forms and perhaps also by his experience as a musician. Such paintings as Fulcrum (...