Thomas Dunlay was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, where he was introduced to painting at an early age by his father, an amateur painter. Dunlay later studied more formally for two years at the Massachusetts College of Art. However, his experience there was less than satisfactory, since the traditional discipline he was seeking had evaporated from the curriculum. His search for sound training first led him to study with Robert Douglas Hunter in Boston and Provincetown, and then to the atelier of R.H. Ives Gammell, Hunter's own teacher.
Dunlay studied with Gammell in Boston and in the summers in Williamstown from 1973-1979, where he learned the craft of painting in the Boston tradition focusing on portrait, figure and landscape. Dunlay has won two grants from the E.T. Green Shields Memorial Foundation, Montreal; Popular Prize Gold Medal, Jordan Marsh New England Artists Exhibition, 1975; the Sagendorph Award of Yankee Magazine and two John Singleton Copley Awards, from the Cooley Society of Boston. He is a member and past President of the Guild of Boston Artists. He has had one-man shows at the Boston Athenaeum, the Guild of Boston Artists and the St. Botolph Club, Boston. He has also had exhibitions at Coe Kerr Gallery and Hammer Galleries in New York City. His paintings are included in numerous public, corporate and private collections worldwide including the New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain CT and the Parkman House in Boston.
The focus of Mr. Dunlay's work balances between portrait, landscape and figure painting. He resides with his wife, Katy, and family in Westwood, Massachusetts and summers on Nantucket where he can often be seen painting outdoors on the beach or in the quaint village streets.
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