Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop
David Dunlop is an Emmy award winning nationally acclaimed painter, art historian, and teacher who has lectured throughout the country, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His paintings are in many national and international private and corporate collections. ARTnews wrote that David has the "enthusiasm and breadth of knowledge of BBC host Jacob Bronowski and the geniality of late Australian wildlife expert Steve Irwin," and his engaging and entertaining manner makes the artists and their paintings come alive.
Inspired by David Dunlop's infectious enthusiasm and encyclopedic knowledge, Landscapes Through Time combines art, history, travel, philosophy, science and technique to explore the lives and art of 13 different artists or groups of artists, creating a new way for artists as well as a general television audience to experience and visually participate in the power and magic of the act of artistic creation. In each program David travels to beautiful, iconic locations that were sources of inspiration for these master painters, such as Monet's water lily garden in Giverny, Van Gogh's asylum in Provence, and the Hudson River Painters' Kaaterskill Falls in New York.
David first presents the personal, artistic, and historic context in which the artists' worked and examines the evolution of their artistic lives. He then places his easel at the exact locations where the artists set theirs and paints the same scenes, demonstrating the individualized style and techniques of each painter while discussing artistic, technical, optical and perceptual insights. He explains each step of the process - showing how they painted - and reveals techniques and secrets of the masters. Finally, David briefly works with one of his students to incorporate those techniques into their own painting.
Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop Previous Broadcasts
James Abbott McNeill Whistler's Venice (Episode #205H)
KQED Life: Sun, Aug 21, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
David travels to two iconic Venetian locations that inspired provocative artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) during his transformative trip in 1879-1880. Whistler's pastels, along with his etchings, brought him increased fame when he returned to London. David demonstrates a pastel drawing using Whistler's techniques and color palette while standing on the Giudecca overlooking the broad panorama of Venice. He then visits the famous Piazza San Marco and completes a quick oil sketch in the twilight, fading rapidly into night.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler's Venetian Etchings (Episode #204H)
KQED Life: Sun, Aug 14, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
David travels to beautiful Venetian locations that inspired provocative, iconoclastic artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) during his transformative trip in 1879-1880. Whistler's fame from the etchings that he created in the backstreets of Venice helped rehabilitate his artistic reputation after a disastrous libel trial with noted art critic John Ruskin. David demonstrates a dry point on a copper plate alongside a canal, the Rio de San Barnaba, located near Whistler's first studio at the Ca' Rezzonico, demonstrating Whistler's brilliance in graphic design.
John Singer Sargent's Venice (Episode #203H)
KQED Life: Sun, Aug 7, 2016 -- 12:30 PM
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) travels to Venice many times over a 40-year period and paints dazzling plein air watercolor landscapes, turning away from portraiture. David paints a watercolor demonstration at the famous Piazza dei Giovanni e Paolo, the same scene painted by Sargent and centuries of painters, exploring his color theory and painting technique.