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Jim Hunter was born and grew up in Co Durham and first attended art school  at the then Teesside College of Art. He studied painting at Winchester  School of Art from1970-73, with William Crozier as Head of Fine Art and  John Bellany an influential tutor, and graduated from the Royal College of Art  in 1976. In many ways the most significant period of study for him was the  time he spent in a studio in the Cite des Arts, Paris: from this period grew his  enduring interest in modernism and the potential of abstraction.   In his paintings he has always used places as the starting point for  developing his imagery: from a student drawn to the North Pennines and  Cornwall to those special places in his later life that include the Isle of  Purbeck and Italy. In 2005 he enjoyed a sabbatical period in Venice and his  large works on paper using water-based media and collage are a direct  consequence of this experience  Jim Hunter has pursued his practice as a painter alongside his career in art  education, until recently as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Arts University Bournemouth and, since 2013, Professor  Emeritus of Painting. Jim Hunter lives in Purbeck, Dorset.  In 2017 Jim Hunter was elected to Associate membership of the Royal Watercolour Society, ARWS. In this year he was the  winner of the prestigious David Gluck Memorial Award at the RWS Contemporary Watercolour exhibition.