Gav's tribute to his friends in his adopted city has become part of the urban furniture...
ever wanted something special for someone special?
Gav Munro is an artist from Manchester in the UK. He has been drawing from before he could walk. His childhood was a place of imaginary worlds brought to life in his earliest illustrations.
Largely self taught with an academic background in graphic and print design. He now lives and works in Hangzhou, the art capital of China. He sells his paintings around the world. From the UK and US to Australia and Singapore.
He was named by the Chinese government as Artist and Outstanding Foreign Resident of the G20 Summit in 2016. He has also painted portraits for the famous including Scottish comedian Billy Connolly which was chosen by the BBC as a finalist in the Portrait of a Lifetime project.
His work is regularly shown around China and he currently has exhibitions in Shanghai and Hangzhou. His eclectic mix of styles are influenced by the likes of David Hockney, Jack Vettriano, Kenton Nelson and Roy Lichtenstein.
In his own words...
'I've always been interested in the human face and the inspiration for my portraits come from the many people I see around me, from friends, strangers and others.
I studied Psychology and thinks that people's face carry their story.
In my paintings I try to find these hidden expressions and bring them to the foreground of the image.'