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Jim Dunbar

Artist Biography

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. 

Selected Exhibitions 


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.


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