Brian Dunlop’s interests lie in nature, the metaphorical power of light, and the essence of humanity.
In 1967 Brian Dunlop shared a house with Justin O’Brien on the Greek island of Skyros. The musicians in this painting are playing a Greek lute (lavouto) and Greek clarinet (klarino) - the backdrop is the Aegean Sea.
Brian Dunlop was born in Sydney. He enjoyed early success in his art career winning a scholarship to the National Art School, Sydney. His draughtsmanship was recognised in 1958 when at the age of 18 he won the Le Gay Brereton Prize for drawing, and four years later one of his drawings was purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He travelled in Italy, Greece, North Africa, Spain and England, became passionate about Renaissance art and also the light of Europe. Back in Australia, Dunlop taught at the East Sydney Technical College and then the Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education. In 1980 he was artist-in-residence at the University of Melbourne, and won the Sulman Prize for genre painting. He painted the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in 1984 for the 150th anniversary of the founding of Victoria. Monographs of his work were published in 1984 and 1990. Brian Dunlop’s work is held by the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery and all state galleries.