Hollis Dunlap

Figure Painting in Oils from Life with Hollis Dunlap

Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art 

March 11-15, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break

This workshop will focus on creating a strong sense of 3-dimensional space and form by looking at light effects, proportions, edges, and various methods of paint application.  Hollis will encourage a practical use of anatomy, focusing on major anatomical landmarks, and we will study the way that master painters model form and make color choices. Several techniques will be demonstrated as we observe of the model in 6 to 12-hour poses, such as how to plan the composition, conceiving shapes in 3 dimensions, paint application, interpreting color based on the sources of light, and how to revise the painting as you go. Students will be encouraged to focus on their ability to work from the largest masses first, to create a sense of finish before small details are added. Basic geometric shapes will be used to describe forms of the human body to give the painting a convincing sense of form, in order to gain confidence in painting directly from the model.   Students will be painting each day from an unclothed model with 1-2 days devoted to painting the portrait.

About the Instructor:
Hollis Dunlap was born in 1977 in Northern Vermont in the USA and has been painting since the age of 14. After beginning his study of realist painting in high school, he went on to study at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, graduating in 1999 after painting and drawing the figure extensively for four years. While at the Academy, he was the first painter to be awarded First Prize at New York’s National Arts Club student exhibition for two consecutive years. Hollis was the recipient of the John Stobart Fellowship, awarded each year to a graduating student in recognition of outstanding work, and he is also a 2-time grantee of the Elizabeth Greenshields Fou2-timen. He has had numerous solo shows in New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Miami, and currently paints and teaches painting in Southeastern CT.

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