Bernard Dunstan

Bernard Dunstan was born in Teddington, Middlesex on 19 January 1920, and educated at St Paul’s School,London. He studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art under Ernest Jackson (1939) and at the Slade School of Art (1939-41). 

Bernard Dunstan is married to the painter Diana Armfield RA and lives and works in Kew, Surrey. 

He taught at the West of England School of Art in Bristol from 1946 to 1949, Camberwell School of Art from 1950 to 1964, Byam Shaw School of Art from 1953 to 1974, Ravensbourne Art College from 1959 to 1964 and City and Guilds of London Art School from 1964 to 1969.

Dunstan exhibited regularly with Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London from 1952 to 1970, with Agnew’s, London, since 1972 and with Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nevada, USA since 1981. He also exhibits annually in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the New English Art Club, and his work is held in many private collections. 

Bernard Dunstan was elected Royal Academician in 1968, and was President of the Royal West of England Academy from 1979 to 1984. He has written several books on painting, including ‘Learning to Paint’ (1970) and ‘Painting Methods of the Impressionists’ (1976). 


1959 Elected ARA

1968 Elected RA 

One-Man Exhibitions:

1999 Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nevada,USA

1996, 93, 90 Agnew’s, London 


Aberdeen Art Gallery

Arts Council

Bristol Art Gallery

National Gallery of New Zealand

National Portrait  Gallery

Plymouth Art Gallery

Rochdale Art Gallery

Royal Collection,Windsor