Bernard Dunstan NEAC RA RWA PS Hon

Honorary Life Member


Artist Statement

Bernard can only repeat what he has said before: “Paint what you love, love what you paint.”

Method of Working

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!

Biographical Details

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)
Chairman AGBI

Other Society Memberships

Royal West of England Academy (RWA), Royal Academy (RA), Pastel Society (PS), Hon

Past Exhibitions

2015/16 Joint Show with Diana Armfield. Belle Shenkman Room, Royal Academy
2015 Royal Academy “Now”
2008 Curwen & New Academy 50th Anniversary
1985 Perth, Australia, Joint show with Diana Armfield
Mid 1980s Solo, Stremmel Gallery, Nevada, USA
1976 Solo, Agnews
1950-76 Solo, Browse, Delbanco
Late 1940’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition


'The New English' (represented in, 2006) by Kenneth McConkey, ISBN 1903973988
The Paintings of Bernard Dunstan’ (1993) ISBN 0715300660
John Ruskin, The Elements of Drawing’ (1991, Illustrated edition with notes by Bernard Dunstan) ISBN 0823016021
Paintings in Progress’ (1976) ISBN 0 273 008994
Painting Methods of the Impressionists’ ISBN 0823037118