Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Bernard Dunstan

Bernard Dunstan is in his early 90's and still going strong you can usually find one or two of his works in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the New English Art Club annual exhibition. Brian Sewell writing of this years 's RA Summer Exhibition said " Consider the quiet perfection of small paintings by Diana Armfield and Bernard Dunstan, their painterliness never overblown, their brushstrokes free but matched to the canvas size, never mere gestures straining to be noticed. They set an example to expansive painters who must dab, dab and dab again to cover the canvas without adding a smidgen of significance."

Winter Morning oil on canvas 1991
Diana Armfield is Bernard’s wife who is also his muse, this was painted at their Welsh home.

Olga black chalk 1947
He studied at Byam Shaw School of Art and at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.

Cornelissen’s art supplies shop London oil on board 1987
Subsequently he taught at Byam Shaw. He was made a full member of the RA in 1968 and is currently the longest serving Royal Academician.

Nude at Curtain oil on board 1986
 He has written several books on painting, including 'Learning to Paint' and 'Painting Methods of the Impressionists' all of his books are well written and interesting, well worth finding.
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