S o p h i e D u n l o p
I have painted all my life, owing much of my training and mentoring to my late father, the artist Brian Dunlop. I am known mainly as a painter of still lifes, although I also love to paint landscapes and figures. I am inspired by the humble props that I collect in my studio, as well as produce from the markets and my travels. I like to depict these objects in meticulous detail, relishing the pattern and design of embroideries and rugs as much as the colour of fruits and natural forms.
Sophie Dunlop grew up in the Sydney suburb of Paddington but, in 2003, moved to Adelaide, where she still lives, working full-time as an artist in her studio situated in the historic precinct of Port Adelaide. Throughout her childhood, she travelled extensively and learned painting from her father, the late artist Brian Dunlop, and his peers.
In 1989, Dunlop travelled in Europe, studying at the Lorenzo de Medici Art School in Florence. After completing the Bachelor of Arts course at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, she studied part-time at Julian Ashton Art School and, privately, in the studio of Francis Giacco. Following a student internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, in 2003, she pursued postgraduate study at College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, obtaining a Master of Art degree in 2005.
She has had twelve solo exhibitions, at Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney, Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne, and Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, and participated in numerous group exhibitions, having been a finalist in the 1995 Portia Geach Prize, the 1996 Redlands Westpac Art Prize and the Mosman Art Prize (1997, 2000).
Sophie Dunlop has been a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2007.