Bernard Dunstan RA PPRWA NEAC (1920 - 2017)

Sadly we report the death of Honorary Member of the Pastel Society Bernard Dunstan RA, PPRWA, NEAC, at the age of 97 years. He was the longest serving Royal Academician. 

It is perhaps appropriate to quote Pastel Society Member Felicity House with her tribute to Bernard. (Published in Making a Mark)

I was very sorry to learn that one of our best loved figurative artists Bernard Dunstan has died - he was a wonderful painter and terrifically generous in sharing his skill of making paintings through numerous art magazine articles and his wonderful books - which are so worth reading. Bernard painted his wife Diana Armfield every day - so there are many but I'm happy to have one of these - a pastel drawing on watercolour wash . It was my good fortune to win this back in 1999 when I purchased an RWA fund raising draw ticket - this photographic image is not so good as its under glass but I enjoy looking at it every day. A generous artist in every respect - he leaves much to us all.



Featured Artist

Jenny Halstead
Halstead Jenny Afternoon Doze La Gomera sized

 ' Afternoon Doze '
Jenny Halstead

Jenny Halstead PS FMAA

Biographical Details:

After studying Art & Design at Sutton & Cheam School of Art and a guest scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools, Jenny went on to train as a medical artist, illustrating surgery and anatomy. She worked in London Teaching Hospitals, before turning freelance and publication work in both medicine and natural history.

Breaking away from this discipline over a decade ago to return to the freedom of painting and developing her own work as well as teaching.


The Pastel Society
Chelsea Arts Society

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes:

Caran D'Ache Award 2017


Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London
Reading Guild of Artists
Henley Guild of Arts & Crafts
Whiteknights Studio Trail
Art in Hospital RBH
Chelsea Art Society
Regatta – Henley
John Noott Gallery, July 2017

Solo Exhibitions:

'The Artist's Year in the Harris Garden' – at the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading – 24 May - 30 June 2013

Silchester – Life on the Dig
at the Old Fire Station Gallery, Henley-on-Thames
Saturday 24 October - Tuesday 3 November 2015

Articles & Publications:

Pushing the Limits – Jenny Halstead
by Anne Hevener, The Pastel Journal (USA) – December 2011

Large, Loose and Colourful – Jenny Halstead
by Ken Gofton, The Artist - March 2012

The Not So Secret Garden – Jenny Halstead
Berkshire Life – May 2013

An Artist in the Garden – Jenny Halstead
The Artist – May 2013

'The Artist's Year in the Harris Garden' – published by Two Rivers Press – May 2013

Invited Artist in Residence – Silchester excavation
(The Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum)

Silchester - Life on the Dig
by Jenny Halstead & Michael Fulford
published by Two Rivers Press, October 2015

Artist invited to record a year in the life of The High Sheriff of Berkshire 'A Chain of Office' 2016/2017



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