Self Portrait In GardenBIOGRAPHY

Sophie Dunlop (Master of Fine Arts) was born in Sydney in 1971. She comes from a family of artists, her father being the late Brian Dunlop. Throughout her childhood, she travelled extensively and learnt from her father and his peers.

Sophie grew up and studied in Sydney and in 2003 she moved to Adelaide where she now lives. She works full time as an artist and has a studio in the historic precinct of Port Adelaide.


2016-17 Australian High Commission, Singapore

2016 Gallery 1855, City of Tea Tree Gully, Natura Viva

2016 Art Atrium, Sydney

2016 Hugo Winery, McLaren Vale, (SALA), Temptation

2016 Australian World Orchestra at the Esplanade Theatre, SIngapore, showcased by the Australian High Commission

2012 Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne

2011 Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney

2009 Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne

2008 Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide

2007 Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney

2007 Harvest Market Exhibition, Hill Smith Gallery Yalumba Winery

2006 Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney

2004 Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney

2003 Axia Modern Art, Melbourne

2002 Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney

2000 Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney


Studied throughout her life with her father, Brian Dunlop until his death in 2009

1989 Travelled in Europe, studying at the Loenzo de Medici Art School, Florence

1990-95 Studied part time at the Julian Ashton Art School

1990-94 Studied privately in the studio of Francis Giacco

2003 Student Intern, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

2003-05 Master of Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts, UNSW

2003-05 Lecturer, part-time, Adelaide Central School of Art, Flinders University


2017 Studio of Brian Dunlop, Australian Galleries, Sydney (upcoming April 2017)

2016 Australian Watercolour Institute Exhibition, Juniper Hall, Sydney

2014 Across the Water: China-Australia Modern Masters of Watercolour, exhibition of the Australian Watercolour Institute held in China and subsequently at Juniper Hall, Paddington in February 2015

2010 Slow Burn, A Century of Australian Women Artists from a Private Collection, S H Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2011 Christmas Exhibition, Catherine Asquith Gallery

2011 The Ashton's Exhibition, Eva Breuer Art Dealer

2007 Group exhibition, Central Studios, ACSA Gallery

2004 Group exhibition, Central Studios, ACSA Gallery

2004 Christmas Exhibition, Hill Smith Gallery

1996 Return to the Origin, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney


Australian Watercolour Institute, 2007 onwards


2015 Wilderness School, Adelaide, artist in residence


2017 Tattersals Prize, finalist, Brisbane

2016 Wynne Prize, finalist, Art Gallery of NSW

2016 Kilgour Prize, finalist, Newcastle Regional Gallery

2014 Paddington Art Prize, finalist

2013 Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Hobart, finalist

2011 Harper's Mansion National Trust Still Life Award, finalist

2007 Fleurieu Art Prize, Food and Wine section, finalist

2000 Mosman Art Prize, finalist

1996 Redlands Westpac Art Prize, finalist

1996 Salon des Refuses, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Archibald Section

1995 Portia Geach Prize, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

1995 Salon des Refuses, S. H. Ervin, Sydney, Wynne section


Advertiser, The Review, Market Forces, Louise Nunn April 7 2006

Sydney Morning Herald, Nicked or not, it's the fruit of freedom, Daphne Guinness February 2, 2006

Adelaide Matters, Lively Mix, Catherine Clifton August 2006

Australian Artist, You don't have to be afraid of green! Sophie Dunlop November, 2006

Weekend Financial Review, Still life with Ancestry, Chris Boyd December 6-7, 2003

The Herald Sun, Art no PC can Match, Jeff Makin December 15, 2002

The Daily Telegraph, Bloodlines, Elizabeth Fortescue October 28, 2000

The Sydney Morning Herald, Down at the fruit stand, it's a case of sibling rivalry, Daphne Guinness July 19, 2000


Known mainly for her still-life painting, Sophie Dunlop is inspired by the humble props that adorn her studio, gathered from a local market or from her travels abroad. Sophie relishes the unique and intricate details of each object she portrays. Her meticulous style is countered with a curious eye and unconventional composition, to provide the viewer with a fresh yet thoughtful vision of the familiar. Echoing the evocative design of oriental rugs and embroidery, Sophie imbues her subject matter with a quality that goes beyond the surface. She uses intensified colour and perception so that the viewer transcends the surface of the canvas to taste and smell the succulent flesh of the fruit she paints or to feel the luxurious texture of the exotic fabrics.