Dunahay's works

ROBERT DUNAHAY

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Although most famous for this style, Robert Dunahay has long ventured into various different series and the breath of his work cannot easily be categorized. His latest, more minimalistic works find their inspiration in geometric abstraction.
Recently, Robert Dunahay's iconic palm tree painting "Bahama" was chosen for an article in the important 125th anniversary issue of Vogue Magazine. The fact that Dunahay's paintings are not just en vogue, but also in Vogue was a fun fact we felt was worth sharing. Fashion and art have never been closer and it is beautiful to see how these two worlds come together.  
Dunahay’s contemporary paintings place subjects ranging from palm trees to swaths of luxurious fabric front and center on bold hued backgrounds, elevating them from frequent images in our lives to a symbolic pedestal on the canvas worthy of wonder, confrontation and deeper reflection. 
Dunahay is most known for his Palm Series of paintings depicting grand-scale palm trees in vibrant colors. By depicting his subject in face-to-face portraiture style on a solid background, he replaces traditional references to landscape with the transcendentalism of iconography. The breadth of his work reaches much beyond the palm tree paintings with numerous distinct new series of works, recently on display at our gallery.
Distinguished patrons worldwide collect Dunahay’s art including the Royal Family Al Thani of Qatar, Baroness Monica Von Neumann of Switzerland and celebrities Pierce Brosnan, Kelsey Grammer and Linda Hamilton. His work is part of the corporate collections for Pepperdine University, The Financial Times, The Packard Foundation and the W Hotel. 

 

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ARTIST STATEMENT

“I am drawn to the palm for its strong positive symbolism. For most of us, palm trees are an important element in the landscape of our perfect vacation. They are a simple reminder that life is good. In these paintings, I use color to enhance the exotic-ness that is already inherent in palm trees. The “face to face” composition provides the viewer with an intimate opportunity to observe the palm tree much as they would a portrait of a person. By replacing traditional references to landscape with a solid color background, the palm becomes iconic, transcending nature to become an alluring ideal palm. My goal is to engage the viewer in a way that allows them to experience the palm rather than to render a specific tree.”   
 
- Robert Dunahay

Palm Series

Included in prestigious domestic and international collections, contemporary artist Robert Charles Dunahay is best known for his chromatically lush paintings of palm trees. His large colorful canvases of a single palm image isolated against a solid color background have an immediate and definite pop art quality.  The palms are beautifully rendered in fantastic detail with crisp, confident brushstrokes and saturated with rich colors. As a result of Dunahays’ intimate approach and ability to personalize the subject matter, these paintings feel more like portraits than landscapes. They evoke feelings of tranquility and warmth, while symbolizing promise and hope.
Distinguished patrons worldwide collect Dunahay’s work, including the Royal Family AI Thani of Qatar, and Baroness Monica Von Neumann of Switzerland. His colorful paintings frequently get snapped up by celebrities like Pierce Brosnan, Kelsey Grammer, and Linda Hamilton to name a few. Corporate collections include Pepperdine University, The Financial Times, The Packard Foundation, and the W Hotel. His work is held in the collections of the Peninsula Museum of Art and the Fredrick R. Weisman Museum of Art. In 2008, Robert was invited to participate and lecture about his work for “The Altered Book Project”, a joint exhibition of the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Palm Springs Public Library. In 2009, he was a guest on “The Joan Quinn Profiles” the international cable show hosted by Joan Quinn, former editor of Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine. Dunahay has been featured in Metropolitan Home, Space Magazine, Palm Springs Life, Dune Magazine, Sunset Magazine publications, and Season in the Sun Magazine.
Museum exhibitions include the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art (Malibu, CA), Palm Springs Art Museum (Palm Springs, CA), Museum of Art & History (Lancaster, CA ) and the Peninsula Museum of Art (Belmont, CA).
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BLACK AND WHITE SERIES

After having worked extensively with color in the palm series, Dunahay experimented with different materials, and slowly developed a new style in recent years. Color was taken out of the equation and a "Black and White" series evolved. The palm paintings having been stylistically Pop-realism, this new work is geometrical abstraction.  After moving from the Bay Area to Palm Springs,  Dunahay first experienced life in the desert. Fascinated by the patterns in the little sand dunes that would build up after a windy day and the texture of the desert sand,  he knew he wanted to use it in his work. Adding sand to acrylic paint and brushing it onto canvas, it was just a matter of time and replacing sand with crystalline that brought this new series to light. According to Dunahay the shift in painting wasn't so much a moment of realization but a necessity.
"In my mind the new work I was creating was conceptually very distant from the palm paintings, and that required a new set of skills, different tools, and methods of application. I went from applying tiny dabs of paint with a fine sable brush to tossing scoops of glittering sand onto puddles of wet glue. The change in style was more of a necessity than a choice."
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AVAILABLE WORKS

We have a substantial number of works immediately available, however our inventory changes frequently, so here are some examples of noteworthy works.  If you would like to know what we have in the gallery, please start the dialogue using the form below.

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All of Robert Dunahay’s works are original, one-of-a-kind paintings. Small works start at $1,200, mid-size paintings sell between $5,000 - 9,000 and large works sell well into the high $30,000.

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BIOGRAPHY

Robert Dunahay, born 1954, U.S.A.

His career as an artist has led him from New York to Palm Springs were he currently works out of his 3000 square foot studio. 

 

Selected Solo and Two Person Shows

2017

“Black, White, Sparkle and Pop”, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station, L.A., CA

2016

Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

2013

Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

2011

Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA

2010

James Francis Trezza Gallery, NYC, NY

2009

Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA

 

Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

2008

Studio 661, Palm Springs, CA

 

Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

2007

Modern Masters Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

2006

Sada Gallery, Doha, Qatar

 

Modern Masters Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

 

Studio 661, Palm Springs, CA

2005

Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004

Skidmore Contemporary Art, Malibu, CA

2003

Skidmore Contemporary Art, Malibu, CA

 

Marin Academy, San Rafael, CA

2001

Learsi Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

 

Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2000

Jernigan Wicker Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

1999

Jernigan Wicker Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

1998

Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

C.I.T.Y. 2000 Gallery, Sierra Arts Foundation, Reno, NV

 

Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

Selected Group Shows

2018

Art Palm Springs, Hohmann Fine Art Booth

 

Museum of Art and History, "“He man”"

 

“The Sky’s the Limit”, Sloan Miyasato, San Francisco, CA

2017

Art Palm Springs, Hohmann Fine Art Booth

 

"Hot and Cool”,  Sloan Miyasato, San Francisco, CA

2015

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Hohmann Fine Art Booth

 

Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

2011

Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica,CA

 

J. Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

 

Alex Mertens Fine Art, Montecito, CA

2010

 From the Vault, Fredrick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, CA

 

Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA

 

Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

 

Alex Mertens Fine Art, Montecito, CA

 

J. Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

 

MERGE: Metro State Alumni Exhibition, Denver ,CO

2009

Paintings, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

2008

Beaux & Eros, Peninsula Museum of Art, Belmont, CA

2007

Selections from the Permanent Collection, Frederick R. Weisman

2006

Modern Masters Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

2003

Skidmore Contemporary Art, Malibu, CA

2002 

Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

2001 

Jernigan Wicker Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

2000

Jernigan Wicker Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

1999

Be Still My Heart, Artsmart, San Francisco, CA

 

Selected Public and Private Collections

 

Al Thani, Royal Family, Qatar

 

Disney Hotels, Orlando, FL

 

Ditech Communications, Mountain View, CA

 

Dualstar Technologies, Irvine, CA

 

Financial Times, Pacific Northwest Bureau, San Francisco, CA

 

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

 

Hyatt Regency, Orange County, CA

 

Hewlitt Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA

 

Philpotts& Associates, Honolulu, HI

 

P.F. Changs, Walnut Creek, CA

 

Renaissance Club Sport, Walnut Creek, CA

 

Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki, HI

 

San Francisco Sentry, San Francisco, CA

 

Valley Crest Company, Calabasas, CA

 

Vanguard Properties, The Palms, San Francisco, CA

 

Villa Graziadio Executive Center, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

 

Westin Diplomat Spa, Hollywood, FL

Press and Publications

2015

"Robert Dunahay" Hohmann Fine Art Catalogue

2014

"Robert Dunahay, From New York city to Palm Trees" CV Weekly,  March

2013

"Palms" Skidmore Contemporary Art, August /September

2010

“On Exhibit” Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine, Summer

2008

“In the Palm of His Hand, Robert Charles Dunahay’s Exploration of Color,” Space magazine

 

“Deceptive Simplicity”, by Nicole Borgenicht, Dune Magazine, February-March

 

“Talk of the Valley”, Arts and Culture, Desert Magazine, April

 

“Shhh?” Palm Springs Life Magazine, October 

 

“The World in Perspective, Artist Profile,” Art and Culture, Winter

 

Spring and Palm Springs Life magazine, December

2007

“In and Out of the Rabbit Hole, Art in the Desert, The Desert Entertainer, May

 

“The Circuit,” Palm Desert Magazine, Fall

 

“Mid-century Sightings,” Season in the Sun Magazine, June

 

“Galleries Show Their Best,” Palm Springs Life Magazine, April

 

“Back to the Fuschia,” Metropolitan Home, May

2003

Robert Dunahay, Palms, exhibition catalogue, Skid more Contemporary Art, Malibu, CA

2001

Will Shank,“Art That’s Hot,” Bay Area Reporter, vol. 31, no. 51, December

2000

Robert Dunahay: Palm Series, exhibition catalogue, Jernigan Wicker Fine Art, San Francisco

1998

Susan Peliks,“Discoveries,” Inside Magazine, Nov/Dec, p. 24.

 

“Arts and Culture in Tahoe, Truckee, and Nevada,” Artifacts, Winter, p. 13.

 

“Art, from Theory, and the Heart,” Encore, Sierra Arts

 

Foundation Magazine, vol. 23, no. 11, p.5.

 

“Original Approaches to Landscape,” Encore, vol. 23, no. 12, p. W16