Born 1900, Sandy, Bedfordshire. Died 1971.
John Tunnard attended the Royal College of Art in London from 1919-23 where he studied textile design. After graduation he combined a career as a jazz musician with textile design for Tootal Broadhurst Lee until 1929. At that point, he became a part-time tutor at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and began painting. In 1930 he moved to Cornwall and started a hand-blocked printed silk business. He exhibited in the Surrealist section in the AIA exhibition of 1937.
After serving as a coastguard during World War II, Tunnard taught art at Wellington College for three years before returning to Cornwall to teach at Penzance School of Art. He continued to paint in a realistic way with elements of surrealism. The source of his inspiration was the Cornish landscape, music and mathematics. The Royal Academy mounted a retrospective exhibition in 1977.