Douglas Roberts DUNDAS

Douglas Robert Dundas (1900-1981), art teacher and painter, was born at Inverell, N.S.W., the son of Robert Dundas, farmer and storekeeper, and his wife, Fanny, nee McCrea.

Douglas Dundas took up watercolour painting as a teenager. In 1921 he was met Eliot Gruner who had been in the region looking for landscape subjects. This meeting inspired the young to Dundas to enroll in the Sydney Art School evening classes in 1922 and become an artist.

Dundas won the 1927 Society of Arts Travelling Art Scholarship to study abroad for two years. He studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic School of Art, London, travelled in Italy, and lived in Paris where he exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Francaise. He returned to Sydney in 1929 to hold his first one-man exhibition at the Macquarie Galleries.

In 1931 Dundas joined the full-time staff of the Art Department, East Sydney Technical College, later the National Art School. He was Head Teacher of Painting, 1938-1960, then Head of the School until his retirement in 1965.

Dundas served number of organisations, predominantly art bodies. He was elected member of the Society of Artists in 1930 and held the office of President from 1948 to 1961. Other appointments included being member of the N.S.W. Government Travelling Art Scholarship Committee, 1947-1968; Trustee of the Art Gallery of N.S.W., 1948-1970; member, 1949-1951, Chairman and then President in 1969 of the Arts Council of Australia (N.S.W. Division); member of the former Postmaster-General's Department's Stamp Advisory Committee, 1958-1975; and Trustee of the Robin Hood Committee, 1961-1981. He was awarded the M.B.E. for services to art in 1969.

Gender Male
Country of Birth Australia
Date of Death 1980