Painter Mr. Dunlop is a modern-day old master whose luminous landscapes draw from both Renaissance techniques and contemporary science. His paintings have been shown internationally and are held in the collections of major corporations including Aetna Insurance, Citibank, Colgate Palmolive, Delta Airlines, GE Capital Corporation, IBM, Mobil and more. Galleries and institutions have granted David solo shows since 1981. 2009-2012shows included “A Closer Look” at Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT, “City Collaborations,” Laura Barton’s Gallery, Westport,CT;“Landscapes & Cityscapes,” White Gallery, Lakeville, CT; “Sources of Inspiration,” Weatherburn Gallery, Naples, FL; “ NYC Viewpoints & CT Scenes” and “ NYC SoHo,” Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT; and “LUSH (color),” Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. 2008 shows included “ Oil Paintings on 23K Gold Leaf, Aluminum, Steel & Copper,” Attic Gallery, Portland, OR; “Landscapes Through Time,” Weatherburn Gallery, Naples, FL; “The City and the Sea,” Lily Pad Gallery, Watch Hill, RI, and “Solo Exhibition,” The Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT.
In 2007, David Dunlop and his son Max Dunlop won the Revington Arthur Award at the 58th Annual Art of the Northeast. In 2004, David won the Jens Risom Award at the same competition, adding further to his shelf of awards. In 2000, David was chosen by New York City to paint a fiberglass cow for the Cow Parade. His cow, one of the few chosen to be auctioned, was located at 48th Street and Avenue of the Americas. David’s work has been reviewed extensively and he has been featured in The New York Times.
David’s reputation as a painter who combines artistic skill, knowledge and enthusiasm prompted The Metropolitan Museum of Art to invite him to lecture on 4000 years of landscape painting in 2005. . He has been a visiting artist/lecturer at multiple institutions, including the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ; New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT; Caramoor Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT; and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ. His PBS program on Cezanne is included in the exhibitCezanne and American Modernism at the Montclair Art Museum.
David is exhaustively well-read in pursuit of the underlying principles of art, exploring original sources and recent advances in neuroscience. That he is eager to share his discoveries can be seen in the titles of his lecture series for the Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT: “The Invention of Modern Art;” “The Mind’s Eye;” “How Art Invented God, The Devil, Angels, Heaven & Hell;” “Secrets of DaVinci:” “The Eye of the Cat vs. the Eye of the Artist: How Vision & Thought Work;” “The History, Science & Religion of Color in Art: How Do We Make Color Work?;” “The Rise & Fall of Impressionism;” and “Cezanne & The Invention of Modern Painting: The Death of the Picture.”
Mr. Dunlop graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of Wooster, Wooster, OH, and has an MFA from The Pratt Institute, NY, NY. He is on the faculty of the celebrated Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, CT, where he teaches painting, gives workshops and leads groups of art students to Italy, France and Japan. David lives in Wilton, CT, with his wife, Rebecca Hoefer. For MORE INFORMATION from an Article in th New Canaan-Darien Magazine by Nancy Helle.