Artist, Teacher, Lecturer and
Emmy Award winning Television Host
DAVID DUNLOP is a modern-day old master whose luminous landscapes draw from both Renaissance techniques and contemporary science. His paintings have been shown internationally and are held in the collections of major corporations including Aetna Insurance, Citibank, Colgate Palmolive, Delta Airlines, GE Capital Corporation, IBM, Mobil and more. Galleries and institutions have granted David solo shows since 1981.
2009-2012 shows included “A Closer Look” at Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT, “City Collaborations,” Laura Barton’s Gallery, Westport,CT; “Landscapes & Cityscapes,” White Gallery, Lakeville, CT; “Sources of Inspiration, ”Weatherburn Gallery, Naples, FL; “NYC Viewpoints & CT Scenes;” and “NYC SoHo,” Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT; and “LUSH (color),” Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT.
David and his son Max Dunlop won the Revington Arthur Award at the 58th Annual Art of the Northeast. In 2004, David won the Jens Risom Award at the same competition, adding further to his shelf of awards. In 2000, David was chosen by New York City to paint a fiberglass cow for the Cow Parade. His cow, one of the few chosen to be auctioned, was located at 48th Street and Avenue of the Americas. David’s work has been reviewed extensively and he has been featured in The New York Times.
David’s reputation as a painter who combines artistic skill, knowledge and enthusiasm prompted The Metropolitan Museum of Art to invite him to lecture on 4000 years of landscape painting in 2005. He has been a visiting artist/lecturer at multiple institutions, including the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ; New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT; Caramoor Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT; and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ.
His PBS program on Cezanne is included in the exhibit Cezanne and American Modernism at the Montclair Art Museum.David is exhaustively well-read in pursuit of the underlying principles of art, exploring original sources and recent advances in neuroscience.
That he is eager to share his discoveries can be seen in the titles of his lecture series for the Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT: “The Invention of Modern Art;” “The Mind’s Eye;” “How Art Invented God, The Devil, Angels, Heaven & Hell;” “Secrets of DaVinci:” “The Eye of the Cat vs. the Eye of the Artist: How Vision & Thought Work;” “The History, Science & Religion of Color in Art: How Do We Make Color Work?;” “The Rise & Fall of Impressionism;” and “Cezanne & The Invention of Modern Painting: The Death of the Picture.”
Emmy Award winning Television Host
David is the artist host and writer of two Seasons of the PBS Series entitled Landscapes through Time with David Dunlop, which began airing nationally in June, 2008 and several different series of other arts programs. David and Connie Simmons were both awarded a 2009 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Special Class Series and they were both also nominated for a 2009 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Special Class Series.
David has been a painting teacher at Silvermine Art Guild for many years and has a devoted following around the world. He teaches workshops on many varied topics throughout the world as well.
Mr. Dunlop graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of Wooster, Wooster, OH, and has an MFA from The Pratt Institute, NY, NY. He is on the faculty of the celebrated Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, CT, where he teaches painting, gives workshops and leads groups of art students to Italy, France and Japan. David lives in Wilton, CT, with his wife, Rebecca Hoefer.
SimmonsArt, Inc. Productions with David Dunlop
CONNIE SIMMONS and DAVID DUNLOP began working together to create programming about art, art history, painting and creativity after Connie took one of David’s painting classes at Silvermine Art Guild in Connecticut. She left his classes so inspired by his approach, inspiration and encyclopedic knowledge, and they found that they had similar goals. They formed a partnership to try to capture this approach and to create a new type of art programming that would explore art and creativity in a series of DVDs and television programs.
Connie is the President of SimmonsArt Inc. and she and David have produced many series and art programs. She produced and directed two Seasons of the PBS Series entitled Landscapes through Time with David Dunlop, which began airing nationally in June, 2008 and several different series of other arts programs. She and David were both awarded a 2009 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Special Class Series and they were both also nominated for a 2009 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Special Class Series. Landscapes through Time with David Dunlop has been broadcast in over 88% of the US and in 92% of the top 10 demographic markets.
Connie began her career as an entertainment lawyer in private practice, working with film companies such as New Line Cinema and Miramax. She left private practice in 1990 to serve as vice president at Columbia Tri Star. Connie was part of the management team that launched the Food Network in 1993 and she served as its Executive Vice President. Connie spent her first years in Texas, first in Dallas and then in Austin. She received her BA in History at the University of Texas at Austin. She then moved to New York City and received her JD from Columbia Law School. She lives in New York City with her husband Jim Krugman.