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Eric Cunningham

www.cunninghamfolkart.i8.com

The Short Dull Version
 
I started my artistic journey at a very young age when I first picked up a pencil. I was the kid that drew on walls, on my school books, in bathroom stalls… any place that had a flat clean surface fell victim to my vandalism.  Born and raised in Appalachia I have always been a fan of  southern inspired themes, the people, the heritage, the customs, and the weirdness that makes our area unique. My current self taught style of art that is a cross between Americana/Folk/ and Pop that I call Appalachian Disasterpieces.   I consider myself a self taught mixed media artist, creating art out of recycled materials and anything I can get my hands on such as plywood, bottle caps, license plates, electronic components and/or any other junk that catches my eye.
 
The Long More Interesting Version
 
  Born from European royalty in 73' I was declared a self taught child folk art prodigy at the tender age of 2. The old world traditional style oil painters feared my talents and knew my art and folk style would surpass them in the very near future ... making them obsolete . In an effort to maintain their status in the art community I was kidnapped and stuffed into a large Tupperware storage container where i was forced to live off of potted meat and saltine crackers for a 2 month overseas journey to the Americas. The wooden schooner I was on sank somewhere off the mid Atlantic coast during a hurricane, but I was able to float to shore in my plastic container and thus being the lone survivor of the fatal voyage. Upon reaching shore, starving and depleted of potted meat and crackers I promptly killed, skinned, and ate a black bear with my own two year old hands.
 
  Somewhere shortly after arriving on land I was taken in by a pack of Bigfoots where I was taught their ways and where I perfected my folk art style by drawing on cave walls. I lived with my hairy humanoid family till I was six years old where I was captured by Virginia Fish and Wildlife Resource Officers running naked along side the interstate trying to catch a deer. 
I was then placed in foster care where I was adopted by a loving couple living in Bristol Virginia where I was taught how to live like a civilized human being and encouraged to paint whatever my heart desired with reckless abandon. My paintings started off small and crude but after a few years of honing my talent I was able to produce paintings that were large and crude.
 
  Now at a ripe age in my young 40's I have sold nearly a billion paintings. I have art hanging in all the prestigious museums and galleries worldwide. I was also recently contacted by the Sistine Chapel where they wanted me to paint over Michelangelo's work and cover it in a plywood redneck trailer park scene decorated with beer lids.
I would also like to add that other than being a super awesome painting genius that I am also a habitual liar and that 98% of the stuff that comes from my mouth is pure and utter bold-faced lies.
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  On the serious side, My name is Eric Cunningham I have lived in the Bristol Tennessee/Virginia area my whole life. I have been painting, doodling, and or drawing since I could hold a pencil. About 20 years ago I started painting heavily as a form of relaxation to deal with the pressures and stress of a hectic 40+ hour a week job . Born and raised in Appalachia I have always been a fan of  southern inspired themes, the people, the heritage, the customs, and the weirdness that makes our area unique. My current self taught style of art that is a cross between Americana/Folk/ and Pop that I call Appalachian Disasterpieces.   I consider myself a self taught mixed media artist, creating art out of recycled materials and anything I can get my hands on such as plywood, bottle caps, license plates, electronic components and/or any other junk that catches my eye.  I started selling my artwork online a few years ago and have since sold 100's of works throughout the nation and worldwide.
 

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