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Alison Dunlop

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Alison Dunlop
🏡 ResidenceScotland
🏳️ NationalityCanadian
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Guelph
💼 Occupation
Past Vice President of RSW Past President of Visual Arts Scotland
Notable workPaintings “Dancer” and “Inner Sound”
StyleWatercolor painting Oil painting
🏅 AwardsThe John Gray Award
Alexander Graham Munro Award
Elizabeth T Greenshields Award x 2

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Alison Dunlop RSW is a contemporary realist painter, who lives and works in Scotland[1]. Formerly, she was the vice president of Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and President of Visual Arts Scotland. She co-founded and was a director of the Exhibiting Societies of Scottish Artists[2]. She is best known for the watercolour paintings in her “Inner Sound” series and for her oil paintings including “Dancer” [3].

Early Life and Education[edit]

Born in Canada in 1958, Dunlop graduated in 1980 with an Honours B.A. from the University of Guelph, Canada, having spent an undergraduate year studying at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and L'Universite de Franche-Comte, in Besancon, France. She undertook a year of post-graduate studies at Edinburgh College of Art in 1982-83.


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“Dancer”, oil on canvas, exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy alongside the work of sculptor Keith Rand

In 1982-83, following the award of the first of two Scholarships from the Elizabeth T Greenshields Foundation, Montreal, Canada, Alison Dunlop moved to Scotland where she undertook postgraduate studies at Edinburgh College of Art, where she was later to become a founder member of its Alumni Association in 2004[4].

In 1989, she was elected as a Professional Member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, serving twice as its Vice President[5]. In 1995, Dunlop was elected as a Professional Member of the Society of Scottish Artists and Artist Craftsmen, and was later President of the Society in 1997-99, when it was re-named Visual Arts Scotland, and was accorded Honorary Membership in 2003[6].

She was the co-founder and a director of the Exhibiting Societies of Scottish Artists[7] .

Since 2008, Dunlop has worked from a studio in the North-West Highlands, looking out to The Minch, which has had a profound influence on her work and has led to the creation of her “Inner Sound” series of watercolours. In 2016, she mounted a multi-venue exhibition in the Highlands, in conjunction with a conference being held at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on Skye, to celebrate the centenary of the American Abstract Expressionist painter, Jon Schueler, who also lived in, and whose work was influenced by, the North-West Highlands[8].

Dunlop's oils and watercolours are widely held in public and private collections[9].


Dunlop has exhibited widely in the UK including Gullane Art Gallery, Gullane[10] Panter and Hall, London[11] and also in Canada.


  • Printmaking Award, University of Guelph
  • Elizabeth T. Greenshields Foundation (Montreal) Scholarship
  • Alexander Graham Munro Award, RSW
  • The John Gray Award, RSW
  • The Kelty Art Centre and Derek Robertson Artists Residency Award, RSW[citation needed]


  1. "Minch-view painting puts Wester Ross artist in the frame for prize". Ross Shire Journal. January 24, 2015.
  3. ""Inner Sound" launch". visitwester-ross.com. May 13, 2016.
  4. "Inspiration – Alison Dunlop". Glow (Scottish Schools National Intranet). January 10, 2013.
  5. "Scottish Art and Artists at Red Rag Gallery". scottishartpaintings.co.uk.
  6. "Dunlop, Alison Elected to RSW 1989". Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour . Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  7. "Art reviews: RSW - William Crosbie". The Scotsman. January 24, 2015.
  8. "Jon Schueler Centenary Symposium and Exhibition". smo.uhi.ac.uk. May 27, 2016.
  9. "Kunstmatrix - ALISON DUNLOP RSW". kunstmatrix.com.
  10. "Alison Dunlop RSW Paintings in *Gullane Art Gallery". Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  11. "Alison Dunlop RSW Paintings on Panter and Hall". Retrieved December 30, 2017.

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