About David Gunning

I opened Todmorden Fine Art Gallery in 1981 -my opening stock consisted of pictures that I had collected during my years as a French teacher at St. Asaph Grammar School / Prestatyn High School.

I opened the gallery with no money, but around 200+ pictures that I had collected during my years as a teacher. In the beginning, having sold off my own collection, I began to sell the work of many contemporary, Northern artists, such as Geoffrey Key, the late Don McKinlay, Peter Stanaway, Reg Gardner, the late Gordon Radford, the late Sue Atkinson, the late Will Turner, the late Don McIntyre, Mike Knowles, Peter Hodgson, Richard Clare, Mike Weeden, Anthony Marn, Ian Norris, the late Derek Davenport. the late Stephen Wild, the late Anthony Butler, the late Millicent Ayrton, Olivia Pilling, Dave Hartley, Keith Gardner, Marie Walker Last, Adam Ralston and Liam Spencer etc.

It has proven to be a wonderful career choice, and I have loved every minute.

Todmorden fine art owner David Gunning


Artist Geoffrey Key

I have known David for many years as a fine art dealer and a friend. I regard him as the most knowledgeable dealer in fine art that I have ever met.

David's ability is to find new talent and promote their artworks to a higher level - with quality being the main factor.

His past history contains a list of artists who are now household names.

A great art dealer and a lovely gentleman.

Artist Peter Stanaway

25 years ago with a friend I visited TFA. On entering the gallery, I was completely knocked out by the quality of the work displayed - Geoff Key, Gordon Radford, Don McKinlay, William Ralph Turner, Liam Spencer, Mike Knowles, Don McIntyre, Tony Butler, Nicholas Horsfield, Sue Atkinson etc. I said this guy knows his stuff. This was Dave Gunning.

25 years on and many paintings later I'm glad I can call Dave a good friend. He is very knowledgeable on all areas of art and is held in very high esteem by both artists and gallery owners. David has a great sense of humour, keeps cats and brews a good cup of tea. Top man, top gallery - unique and irreplaceable.


Northern Art Page / Podcast - Ant Cosgrove

David Gunning at Todmorden Fine Art remains one of the most respected, honest, and intelligent gallerists in the north of England.

With a back catalogue that reads like the greatest hits of northern art from the past 40 years, his current stable contains something for everyone. From world-class landscape paintings by Mike Knowles, to the northern cubism of Peter Stanaway.

If you want a painting sold with integrity, knowledge, and passion, see Dave Gunning.