Bernard can only repeat what he has said before: “Paint what you love, love what you paint.”
Bernard Dunstan has painted from direct observation, studio work, from oil sketches and drawings of one kind or another, all his painting life, employing imagination and improvisation as the work seems to demand.
For his musical subjects, he was able, for many years, to attend orchestra rehearsals to make many sketchbook notes. He can still work from these to form the basis of a new painting.
Some works carry straight through others go through many stages and even many years. He uses a full palette.
Bernard now sits to work, either at the easel or with a box on his knees if painting directly. He works mostly on pieces of primed and toned board of his own making, the primer being rabbit skin size with chalk.
Bernard spends time sitting on his sofa, contemplating his painting. He says this is good for the painting.
Educated, St. Pauls, Byam Shaw, Slade School
Wartime, Observer Corps.
Married Diana Armfield RA, 1949, 3 sons
Art school teaching: Camberwell, Byam Shaw, City and Guilds. Residencies: Perth (Aus.), Wyoming (USA)
1959 Royal West of England Academy (President, 1979)
1968 Royal Academy
1950 to 1976: Solo, Browse, Delbanco
1976: Solo, Agnews
1940's: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2008: Curwen & New Academy 50th Anniversary
1980's: Solo, Stremmel Gallery, Nevada, USA
1985: Perth, Australia, Joint show with Diana Armfield
2012: Royal Academy “Now”
2015 & 2016: Joint Show with Diana Armfield. Belle Shenkman Room, Royal Academy
The Paintings of Bernard Dunstan, 1993
John Ruskin, The Elements of Drawing, Illustrated edition with notes by Bernard DunstanPaintings in Progress, Bernard DunstanPainting Methods of the Impressionists, Bernard Dunstan