Interior Port Fairy
Portrait of Dr Joseph Brown

Born Sydney, Australia 1938, died Melbourne 2009


Brian Dunlop, a figurative painter, is known for his realist still life, portrait, and sun-dappled interiors, often inhabited by a female figure. His interiors evoke both quietitude and beauty, and are highly thoughtful compositions.

His work is inspired by the Australian landscape – in which Port Fairy and its surrounding area are a recurring subject – as well as the many places he has travelled to, including Turkey, Tuscany, Rome, Majorca and Morocco.

Dunlop’s interests lie in nature, the metaphorical power of light, and the essence of humanity. In 1994 Dunlop explained, ‘Interiors are minds, spaces inhabited by thoughts and objects that are impregnated with power and light. Windows are penetrated by light and offer a glimpse of the world outside. Curtains are eyelids. The spaces between and around objects are as important as the objects. Interiors are a microcosm in which one can focus all one’s knowledge, the light constantly changing as is the artist’s mood and awareness. Perhaps the most satisfying paintings are when the intended figure is left out or removed, yet the viewer senses their presence’.1

His work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, most state galleries, many regional galleries, the National Library of Australia and Parliament House, Canberra.


1 From an interview with Kirri Evans for the Waverley City Gallery, June-July 1994.