Richard Dunlop

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair (represented by James Makin Gallery 13 – 16 September 2018) – Free digital download of the exhibition catalogue available.

Forthcoming exhibitions in 2019:

Hobart, Colville Gallery, Salamanca Place “Garden in the Mountains, Somewhere near Deloraine” Opens January 18
Melbourne, James Makin Gallery “Orchid Season in the Tarkine and Other Memorable Sights” May 29 – June 15
Sydney, Sydney Contemporary, Carraigeworks September 12 – 15
Brisbane, late 2019, “Major Works: A Survey” Special Venue and dates to be announced in mid-2019

“There is much art at any time and in many countries which is dogmatic, propagandistic or even appears to use human suffering as biodiesel to fuel art careers, submitting to the will of the State. But anyone who has been truly elevated by artistic expression, whether it be via a painting, a novel, movie, or passage of classical music will ‘know’ that it was an almost incomprehensible aesthetic and emotional experience and not the outcome of being brow-beaten to conform to a given view. While it should be self-evident to intelligent people that we need to conserve our remaining wilderness areas, relish living with diverse species, express wonder at the prescience of ancient wisdom, and be suspicious of equating ‘new’ art with ‘better’ art for example. But as Kahnweiler (Picasso’s dealer) pointed out, the communication of such must dwell predominantly in an aesthetic realm to have any triumphal effect”.  – Richard Dunlop

“I thoroughly enjoyed Richard Dunlop’s recent exhibition at your gallery. Dunlop’s growing achievement interpreting landscape has no real parallel among the work of his contemporaries, dealing as it appears to do with the stubbornly unfashionable subject of natural beauty converging subtly with environmental and broader moral concerns. I think his work will survive beyond the current fixation with the passing parade of narcissistic identity politics in which some artists opportunistically see a parade coming down the street and jump out in front. If anyone needed reminding of my favourite Keats quoteBeauty is truth, truth beauty – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” – Professor Bernard Smith, 1998

“You’ll have to wait ‘til 2020 for the rush of the curatorium.” – Ray Hughes

“If anything, Richard’s work is completely original by way of its singular vision.” – Alison Kubler, 2007

“One cannot help but think of Dunlop as an artist with a keen eye for detail and composition, but rather than create work slavishly to these watchwords, he chooses invocation”. – Dr Jonathon McBurnie, 2018