David Allen Dunlop

David Allen Dunlop won the 2009 national daytime Emmy for “Outstanding Special Class Writing” for the national 13-week PBS television series, “Landscapes through Time with David Dunlop,” for which he was also the host. He said, “I’ve been fortunate to be able to put my life-study of art history, painting techniques and advances in neuroscience, reflected in my artwork, to use in another medium.” David is a Norwalk, Connecticut artist who for twenty two or more years has been admired for his relentless pursuit of researching the Old Masters by studying the primary sources such as the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and Leon Alberti’s 1436 instruction book, “Della Pictura”. An instructor in his own right, David pursues experimental methods and teaching techniques stretching back to the Renaissance. During the Fall and Winter, David paints and exhibits extensively in the East since 1981 (as well as teaching landscape painting and print-making at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, CT since 1993), while in the summer he teaches art classes in Italy.

While in Europe, he was intriqued by a glowing quality in many of the paintings that he observed in the museums. He soon discovered that they had been painted on a solid sheet of 23K gold leaf. He has successfully integrated this past knowledge to his present work by illuminating his landscapes with the application of oil paint on gold leaf. The 23K gold leaf rims the paintings and enhances the luminescence of his pastoral settings. This mysterious combination of gold leaf with oil illuminates his rivers, roads, trees, pathways, rocks and all the combinations of nature creating such a lush radiance that the work actually bursts with a bright golden glow when held to the sunlight.

David’s love of the outdoors, zigzagging rivers, roads and meadows are chronicled as images in guidebook, “Tidewaters Of The Connecticut River:An Explorer’s Guide To Hidden Coves And Marshes” that was recently published in 2001 and can be viewed in the gallery.

Over the years, David has made his way to the Willamette Valley in Oregon visiting his wife’s family (of Oregon Trail descent) affording him the opportunity to paint familiar Oregon coastal and inland scenes. During the month of April, David will have a one man exhibit of his landscape paintings at Chemeketa Community College. 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 1211 Avenue of the Americas (at 48th Street).

David received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the Pratt Institute, New York, NY, studied Post-Graduate printmaking at the R. Blackburn Studio, New York, NY, and received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from the College of Wooster, Wooster, OH. His awards include: The Razooks Award for Painting, Juried Show, Greenwich, CT; 1st Prize for Drawing, Juried Show, Greenwich, CT; Eder Bros. Foundation Award, New Haven Paint & Clay Club, New Haven, CT; Best in Show (Watercolor), Juried Show, The City of Fairfield, CT; Purchase Award, Juried Show, The City of Fairfield, CT; Judge’s Award, New Haven Paint & Clay Club, New Haven, CT; Grand Prize & Purchase Award, Milford Fine Arts Council, Milford, CT; and Winner of CT Painters’ & Sculptors’ Annual, Stamford Museum, Stamford, CT.

David’s work has been commissioned by and collected widely by many corporations including, to name a few, Aetna Insurance Co., American Brands, Inc., Amoco Corpl, Bellevue Hospital, Bohringer Ingelheim, Champion Corp., Chemical Bank, Citibank, Colgate Palmolive, Connecticut National Bank, Delta Airlines, Dun & Bradstreet, Ernst& Young, Exxon Corp., GE Capital Corp., Goodwin, Procter & Hoar, Wash. DC, IBM Corp, Lord & Taylor, McGraw Hill, Merrill Lynch, Missouri Bar Association, Mobil Gas Corp., Nagoya Gallery, Nagoya, Japan, PepsiCo, Saatchi & Saatchi, Salomon Brothers, Smith Barney, Thacher Profitt & Wood, United States State Department,Warburg Pincus, and LaSalle Partners, Houston, TX (3 Texas landscapes, 8’x16′, 8’x10′, and 8’x10′ acrylic on canvases for the lobby of a newly-constructed class A office building.

David was invited to and gave a lecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in April of 2005. The invitation was extended to the Museum’s mailing list of three million people. The first seven hundred were admitted. The title of his one and one half hour lecture was “Landscape Painting, Time Line 4500 Years of Landscape Painting”.

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