Brian Dunlop was one of Australia’s most recognisable realist painters of the late 20th century. His works depicted interior scenes, often with lone figures adding a suggestive narrative to his works. Dunlop travelled extensively through Southern Europe and was mentored by Justin O’Brien, which contributed to the classical influence on his still life and portrait compositions. Commencing in 1963, he exhibited throughout Australia, completing several significant portrait commissions including HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1984. Dunlop was awarded the Sulman Prize in 1980. Monographs of his work were published in 1984 and 1990. Brian Dunlop’s work is held by the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery and all state galleries.