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Hollis Dunlap, 1977 | Figurative painter

Born in northeastern Vermont, Hollis Dunlap is a painter living on the east coast of Connecticut in the USA. He paints modern paintings with a strong influence of old masters from Caravaggio to Vermeer. The color choices, brushwork, and compositions reflect the influences of various painters, from representational to more abstract in terms of composition and varying applications of paint.
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. 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.

Hollis Dunlap è nato nel nord del Vermont negli Stati Uniti. Si interessò al disegno ed alla pittura della figura umana intorno all'età di 14 anni.
Dopo aver studiato pittura al liceo, ha continuato a studiare al Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, diplomandosi nel 1999 dopo aver dipinto e disegnato la figura ampiamente per quattro anni.
Mentre era studente universitario, è stato il primo pittore a ricevere il Primo Premio alla mostra studentesca del National Arts Club di New York per due anni consecutivi.
Hollis è stato il destinatario della borsa di studio John Stobart, assegnata ogni anno ad uno studente laureando - in riconoscimento del lavoro eccezionale, ed è anche un beneficiario 2 volte della Fondazione Elizabeth Greenshields.
Più di recente, si è interessato a un mix di elementi moderni e classici nel suo lavoro.
Ha tenuto mostre personali a New York, Boston, San Francisco e Miami e attualmente dipinge e insegna pittura nel Southeastern CT.