Richard Dunlop


Richard Dunlop is a Tasmanian-based painter.

Richard Dunlop holds PhDs in the fields of Philosophy from Art from the University of Queensland and the Queensland College of Art respectively, which informs his practice as an artist of international reputation. There is a complexity inherent to his works that captivates the imagination and allows for a decadent visual experience.

Richard Dunlop has had over 43 solo and 45 group exhibitions since 1985. Richard was awarded the winner of the painting category in the Waterhouse Prize (2012) as well as receiving the Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence at a PhD level. He has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize (2008) and in the Glover Prize multiple times. He is represented in both public and private collections nationally and abroad, including the Brisbane City Gallery, Museum of Brisbane, National Library of Australia and the University of Tasmania.

‘While it should be self-evident to intelligent people that we need to conserve our remaining wilderness areas, relish living with diverse species, express wonder at the prescience of ancient wisdom, and be suspicious of equating ‘new’ art with ‘better’ art for example. But as Kahnweiler (Picasso’s dealer) pointed out, the communication of such must dwell predominantly in an aesthetic realm to have any triumphal effect”.  – Richard Dunlop


2012 Winner, Painting Category, Waterhouse Prize, South Australia Museum (Tour to National Archives, Canberra)
2005 Arts Queensland Major Grant


2018 Finalist, Glover Prize, Tasmania
2018 Finalist, Bruny Island Prize, Tasmania
2016 Finalist, Waterhouse Prize, South Australia Museum
2015 Finalist, Tattersall’s Invitational National landscape Prize
2014 Finalist, Tattersall’s Art Prize, Tattersall’s Club, Brisbane
2014 Winner, Paintings Category, Waterhouse Art Prize, South Australia Museum
2014 Finalist, Blake Prize, University of New South Wales, Dec 2014 – Jan 2015
2013 Finalist, Willoughby National Sculpture Award, New South Wales


2019 James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2019 Garden in the Mountains, Somewhere near Deloraine, Colville Gallery, Hobart
2018 Richard Dunlop: A Northern Survey, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville
2017 Made on Location James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2017 Crossing the Rubicon River, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2016 The Arab Spring and other Natural History Notes, Hill-Smith Gallery, Adelaide
2015 Shunga: Pictures of Spring, Jan Murphy Gallery, Sydney


2018 Works on Paper, Despard Gallery, Hobart
2018 The Village People, Brisbane series, QUT in conjunction with Gympie Art
2017 Long Hot Summer, Despard Gallery, Hobart
2016 Queensland Indie, Fox Galleries, Melbourne
2016 Art from the Heart, Toowoomba Regional Gallery
2015 Officework, Parliament House, Canberra
2015 A Permanent Mark: The Impact of Tattoo Culture on Contemporary Art, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
2015 Right Here, Right Now: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Rockhampton Regional Gallery

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