Hollis Dunlap

Hollis Dunlap
Hollis Dunlap was born in northeastern Vermont in 1977. From a young age he has been interested in painting and drawing, inventing imaginary figures, landscapes, and other compositions in whatever media was available. When he reached the age of fourteen he began using oil paints, at first experimenting with still life. Encouraged by his high school art teacher, he began taking private oil painting lessons, studying the figure as well as painting landscapes on-site. During these years he augmented his school art classes with after-school figure drawing programs, developing his familiarity with the human form. At the same time he began to study the old masters extensively, copying many master drawings and paintings in an attempt to absorb some of the spirit of their work, as well as more specific technical lessons to be gained from these artists. His goal was to attempt to combine classical drawing in the style of Michelangelo with the subtle color and lighting of painters like Vermeer. After graduating from high school he went on to study at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, where he received extensive training in drawing and painting the human figure from life, as well as painting hundreds of landscapes on site over the course of four years. During his time at the Academy he received several noteworthy awards including winning the National Arts Club Student Show first prize for two consecutive years. Upon graduation he received the Stobart Fellowship, a grant to paint for a year and hold a solo show at the end of that time. Mr. Dunlap has a great appreciation for highly realist painting and sculpture, as well as a love of the open-air landscape painting. He enjoys the challenge of accurate drawing, as well as the beautiful transparent qualities of oil paint and spontaneous brushwork. He has been influenced by many different painters and techniques, and the qualities of color, drawing, and surface in his paintings reflect artists from Velasquez, to Edward Hopper, to Diebenkorn. In some cases the paintings can be smooth with the brush marks hidden. Other works emphasize the plastic qualities of oil paint, showing the brush marks as a contrast to the realism of the image. In terms of design and brushwork the paintings can be viewed as abstract images, collections of colors and shapes that when put together happen to look like a realist image. Paint application is extremely important, and subtlety of color harmony is studied with careful attention to detail. In addition, the painting process and revisions add to the tactile qualities of the work, creating a painting surface with contrasting areas of thick and thinly applied paint. Over the past few years Mr. Dunlap has had several one person shows in New York and Boston, and has taught painting and drawing in several locations on the east coast, including the Lyme Art Association, Mystic Arts Center, and Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. He currently maintains a studio in Eastern Connecticut.
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Artist

Artwork

Behind Your Eyes
Hollis Dunlap

Behind Your Eyes

Oil on panel

12 x 9 in

$1,400.00

Introspection, 2018
Hollis Dunlap

Introspection, 2018

Oil on panel

20 x 16 in

$4,500.00

Spellcaster, 2018
Hollis Dunlap

Spellcaster, 2018

oil on linen

60 x 50 in

$16,000.00

The Lion
Hollis Dunlap

The Lion

Oil on panel

12 x 16 in

$2,800.00

Breaking Through, 2018
Hollis Dunlap

Breaking Through, 2018

oil on canvas

60 x 50 in

$16,000.00

Last light
Hollis Dunlap

Last light

Oil on panel

16 x 12 in

$2,800.00

Still Life with Bottle and Skull
Hollis Dunlap

Still Life with Bottle and Skull

Oil on panel

18 x 24 in

$5,500.00

Violet Dress, 2018
Hollis Dunlap

Violet Dress, 2018

oil on linen

60 x 50 in

$16,000.00

Dimensional Pathways
Hollis Dunlap

Dimensional Pathways

Oil on panel

20 x 16 in

$4,500.00

Mirrors, 2018
Hollis Dunlap

Mirrors, 2018

Oil on panel

20 x 16 in

$4,500.00

Summer Interior
Hollis Dunlap

Summer Interior

Oil

17.50 x 15 in

$3,500.00

Figure in Orange, 2015
Hollis Dunlap

Figure in Orange, 2015

Oil on panel

14 x 11 in

(Sold)

Dog Skull
Hollis Dunlap

Dog Skull

Oil on panel

11 x 14 in

$2,800.00

Red Room
Hollis Dunlap

Red Room

Oil on panel

30 x 24 in

$6,000.00

The Devil in the Details, 2018
Hollis Dunlap

The Devil in the Details, 2018

oil on panel

16 x 12 in

$2,400.00

Untitled Study
Hollis Dunlap

Untitled Study

Oil on panel

16 x 12 in

(Sold)

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