Stefan Dunlop was born in New Zealand in 1972. After spending years in a small London loft he relocated to a rainforest residence in Noosa, Queensland to gather artistic inspiration. His home and its landscape are always part of the interest and stimulus for his paintings. Dunlop has completed studies with the Brisbane Institute of Art; Chelsea College of Art, London; Slade School of Fine Art, London and the New York Studio School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture. He has participated widely in solo and group exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, London and New York. Dunlop has been a finalist in several award exhibitions, including the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, 2007; Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, 2003 & 2006; Canberra Art Prize, 2003 & 2004 and the Cromwell’s Art Prize, Sydney, 2004. Stefan Dunlop’s work is represented in the collection of the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, Melbourne and in private collections througout Australia.
Stefan Dunlop uses his wide brush and graphic sensibility to caputre dramatic scenes of conflict and drama, along with quieter works depicting inanimate objects with blocks of bold, saturated colour. His works are slightly abstracted and figurative with strong narratives that act as a platform for the exploration of his thoughts and ideas. Dunlop is interested in the reality of an event and not the symbolic notions that surround it. He refers to his work as a kind of ‘patchy painting’ that moves away from linear and spatial explorations by using large areas of colour to build positive space out from the picture plane. The resulting work is full of wide blocks of solid colour and in his best examples Dunlop creates a kind of exploded space beyond the canvas. (Axia Modern Art)