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not great art but...,
This review is from: The Paintings of Bernard Dunstan (Paperback)
Dunstan was never destined to be a great artist but has made some very pleasing images over a long productive life. There is something very English about the way he does things, a repressive, self limiting, beige cardy mode of expression that seems afraid of going the whole hog. I just forget which pundit said it, but he was right that 'art without a touch of madness is like salad without garlic' - and of course the English do not(or did not) like garlic at all.
Dunstan epitomises the 'approved' art student - the one that thinks Cezanne really could paint - and churns out painting after painting in that derivative fashion, never finding his own voice, being content to do tired impersonations.Indeed,if you take Sickert and Bonnard out of Dunstan you're left with not much more than a blank canvas. Not that there's anything wrong with this - not every artist is blessed with the neurotic incisiveness to lift his work above the mundane. The wonder is that Dunstan has been knocking out these daubs for £4G or more a pop for the best part of a century without any hint of growth or development.