Jim Dunbar



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Jim Dunbar was born on 18 February 1949 in Mission Mambasa, deep in the Ituri rain forest of Democratic Republic of Congo, where his parents were evangelical missionaries. He spent most of his childhood in DRC between mission stations Alambi and Mambasa, with occasional stays in UK and USA.

Jim trained in Drawing and Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, between 1967-1973; he took some time out of his studies to return to missionary work.

Between 1977 – 1999 he taught in various schools in Angus, Scotland as both assistant and Principal Teacher of Art and Design. He retired from teaching and now paints full time.

Jim is currently Vice President (East) of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour. Jim is also President of the Scottish Riley Enthusiasts, a classic car club. Designing and building Riley “special” sports cars allows Jim to put his skill as a sculptor to good use in metalworking.

However it is his painting that brings him to our gallery. Over the years we have come across many artists who’s work we admire, but despite the awards and recognition evidenced below, we consider Jim to be a talent so relatively under exposed, that we feel professionally obliged to remedy the situation. His watercolours are of such a technically high standard that they are breathtaking. He is painstaking in his approach and it shows – taking the very ordinary in subject and composition into the extraordinary when as a finished painting.

Awards:
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 Ist Prize C21 Bankside Gallery, London 2007
Elected Member of RSW 2007
RSW Council Award 2011


Public & Private Collections include:
Angus Council, Education Department: Hunterian Museum Glasgow
Angus Council , Cultural and Leisure Department:
Museum on the Mound, Edinburgh: Aberdeen Asset Management