Jack Lanagan Dunbar wins 2019 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship


Jack Lanagan Dunbar has been awarded the $40,000 2019 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. The Sydney-based artist was selected from a field of nine finalists for his body of work titled Pantheon.

The annual scholarship is awarded to an Australian painter between 20 and 30 years-old, and it also includes a three-month long residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.

The 2019 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship was selected by painter Gemma Smith.

“Jack’s paintings are sumptuous and poetic. I was drawn to the way his paintings are at once deeply thoughtful and spontaneous. [They are] full of allusions to classical mythology whilst simultaneously caught up in the moment, with the immediacy of mark making,” said Smith of Lanagan Dunbar’s winning body of work.

“Jack uses a confounding combination of materials – the result is fascinating and alchemical. He has already developed a strong art practice and I’m sure that an extended period in Europe will have an extraordinary and ongoing impact on his work.”

2019 marks the 21st anniversary of the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship.

“As the 21st young Australian to be awarded the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Jack joins an inspiring alumni of scholarship recipients that includes Ben Quilty, Mitch Cairns and Natasha Walsh,” said Art Gallery of New South Wales director Michael Brand.

Works by all nine finalists (Amelia Carroll, Bridie Gillman, Claudia Greathead, Jack Lanagan Dunbar, Larizza Macatiag, Thea Anamara Perkins, Nick Santoro, Lani Shea-An, and Myles Young) are on show at the Brett Whiteley Studio until 20 October.

2019 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship Exhibition
Brett Whiteley Studio
20 September – 20 October

News Words by Art Guide Australia