ARTIST STATEMENT For the past seventeen years Jim Dunbar has focussed intensely on his home environment and the countryside and coast within a tight five -mile radius. He has always felt that he has to have a deep personal connection to his subject matter. He concentrates on people, objects and places that have a strong significance to him in some way. This sense of connection brings an essential spiritual element to his work. Jim’s work is representational, with the emphasis on sound drawing. He paints in both oil and watercolour. His water colour work is almost all done “on site” and his website explains his working methods and gives many examples of finished work.
Born Mambasa, Democratic Republic of Congo 1949
Studied drawing and painting at Duncan of Jordanstone 1973, Post Graduate 1974.
Taught in Angus Secondary Schools 1979 – 99 Scottish Arts Club – Arts Convener 2007 to 2011 RSW Vice President – 2009 to 2012
Elected Associate of Royal Watercolour Society 2013
Elected Member of Royal Glasgow Institute 2013
Elected full member of Royal Watercolour Society 2015
Elected President of the RSW
Currently painting full time and living in Carnoustie, Angus Scotland.
SED Travelling Scholarship, 1972
RSA Chalmers Jervise Award. 1972
RSA Keith Award 1973
RSA Carnegie Travelling Scholarship. 1973
Pernod Painting Competition – Prizewinner 1973
Ron Bonar Travelling Scholarship. 1973
Pernod Painting Competition - Prizewinner 1974
RSA Latimer Award. 1979
Stirling Smith Competition – Prizewinner 1983
Angus Summer Salon – Prizewinner 2000
RSA Scottish Arts Club Award 2006
Xmas Exhibition, Meffan Gallery Ist Prize 2007
Winsor & Newton 1st. Prize C21 Bankside Gallery, London 2007
RSW Council Award 2011
RSW Rendezvous Gallery Residence, Isle of Lewis 2013
1980 Art Space Aberdeen. RSA Award Winners
1981 Two man Show with Talbert McLean at Roseangle , Dundee
1988 Solo Exhibition ‘Recent Paintings’ at the Scottish Gallery
1997 Morrison Portrait Competition ( Finalist )
1998 Bridge Gallery, Dublin
2003 Solo Show at the Meffan Gallery, Angus. “ Landscapes of Panbride “
2006 Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Summer Show
2006 Chambers Gallery, London ‘Scottish Contemporary Art’
2006 Chambers Gallery, London, ‘The Nude’ Exhibition
2007 Royal Watercolour Society C21, Bankside Gallery, London
2007 Solo Show at the Meffan Gallery, Angus ‘The Ha’ens of Panbride ‘
2007 Retrospective Show at the Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh
2007 Tolquhoun Gallery , Tarves, Aberdeenshire
2008 Royal Watercolour Society C21, Bankside Gallery, London
2008 Open Eye Gallery “Coast” Exhibition
2008 Solo Show, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh
2009 Portrait Exhibition, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh
2009 Royal Watercolour Society C21, Bankside Gallery, London
2009 Tolquhon Gallery, Tarves, Aberdeenshire
2009 Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh.
2010 C21 Bankside Gallery London
2011 Crinan Gallery, Crinan
2011 Tolquhon Gallery Tarves, Aberdeenshire
2011 Bankside Gallery, RWS Exhibition (RSW Invitation)
2011 Festival of Light, Dundee.
2012 Crinan Gallery, Crinan RGI
2012 RSW Members Show, Ayr
2013 Major Solo Show ‘Recent Work, planned for Oct /Nov at The Meffan Gallery.
2014 Artist’s Studios, Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen
2014 RSW Exhibition, Meffan, Angus
2014 Maspie House Gallery, Falkland.
2014 ‘Sea and Sky’, Tolquhon Gallery, Tarves, Aberdeenshire
2014 ‘Watercolour Secrets’, Bankside Gallery, London
2015 RSW Exhibition, Maclaurin Gallery, Ayr
2015 Solo Show, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh
2015 RWS Spring Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London
2016 RSW Exhibition, Lillie Gallery, Milngavie
2016 Group Show, Kinblethmont Gallery, Angus
2017 RWS Spring Show, Bankside Gallery, London
Regular exhibitor Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Glasgow Institute and Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.
PUBLIC & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:
Angus Council, Education Department.
Angus Council , Cultural and Leisure Department.
Museum on the Mound, Edinburgh
Aberdeen Asset Managers
Hunterian Museum, Glasgow
Tayside Regional Council, Dundee
Webster’s High School, Kirriemuir
Private collections in Britain, USA, France, Portugal, Cyprus and Australia.
Jim Dunbar – A biography by Laura Hodson ISBN 0-9541988-4-0