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GEORGE DUNBAR

MINING THE SURFACE
November 3rd - December 23rd, 2022
Reception: Saturday, November 5th, 6-8 pm
Second Reception: Saturday, December 3rd, 6-8 pm

GEORGE DUNBAR

GEORGE DUNBAR - MINING THE SURFACE - Viewing Room - Callan Contemporary Viewing Room

“I enjoy revisiting and changing certain series. I am frequently asked which piece of my work is my favorite. My answer is: the one I have yet to create.”

- George Dunbar 

GEORGE DUNBAR - MINING THE SURFACE - Viewing Room - Callan Contemporary Viewing Room

MINING THE SURFACE

One of the most respected and influential artists of his generation, George Dunbar (b. 1927) continues to push the envelope of contemporary abstraction. Honored this year with the Opus Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art—and the subject of a forthcoming documentary produced by WLAE-TV and PBS— Dunbar at the age of 95 is debuting a suite of new mixed-media paintings at Callan Contemporary. The title of the exhibition and film, Mining the Surface, refers to the centuries-old techniques with which he transforms clay, marble paste, wood, pigment, and precious metals into masterpieces of visual allure, texturality, concentrated gestural energy, and Hard Edge geometry. The artworks in the exhibition span stylistic periods well known to his longtime admirers and collectors: Coin du Lestin, Surge, the Rag series, and Torregano, all created in his studio on Bayou Bonfouca.

GEORGE DUNBAR - MINING THE SURFACE - Viewing Room - Callan Contemporary Viewing Room

Dunbar’s career began more than seven decades ago with studies at Tyler School of Art (Temple University, Philadelphia) and the Grande Chaumière Academy in Paris. He was active in New York City in the heyday of Abstract Expressionism, exhibiting alongside iconic AbEx painter Franz Kline in 1953. When he returned to his native Louisiana in 1957, he co- founded Orleans Gallery, a pioneering artist co-op that earned international acclaim. Since those formative years, his sculptures and paintings have been reviewed in leading publications such as The New York Times, Art in America, and ARTnews, and have been acquired into leading private, corporate, and institutional collections, among them the Whitney Museum of American Art, The British Museum (London), Ogden Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, and New Orleans Museum of Art, which mounted the career surveys Dunbar: Mining the Surfaces (1997) and George Dunbar: Elements of Chance (2016-2017).

GEORGE DUNBAR - MINING THE SURFACE - Viewing Room - Callan Contemporary Viewing Room

At the center of this beloved artist’s renown is his astonishing vitality, work ethic, perfectionism, and drive toward innovation. With their dialogue of Baroque materiality and Modernist sophistication, his compositions are dramatic yet nuanced, by turns opulent and immaculate, with a timelessness that evokes the objects of veneration we find in the world’s great temples and cathedrals. They are paintings simultaneously of their moment and for the ages, manifested by an artist of enduring vision and power.

- by Richard Speer

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George Dunbar

Bridge XXV, 2022

Moon gold over taupe and black clay

49.50h x 78.50w in
SOLD

 

George Dunbar

Bridge XXV, 2022

Moon gold over taupe and black clay

49.50h x 78.50w in
SOLD

 

Inquire
George Dunbar

Yamoria-Surge Series, 2019

Palladium ovef black and pale blue clay with incised lines

85h x 80w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Yamoria-Surge Series, 2019

Palladium ovef black and pale blue clay with incised lines

85h x 80w in

SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Coin Du Lestin CXCVIII, 2022

white and blue clay with palladium leaf

62h x 50w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Coin Du Lestin CXCVIII, 2022

white and blue clay with palladium leaf

62h x 50w in

SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Tensas - Torregano Series, 2022

Red gold over dark red and white clay

38h x 44w in

George Dunbar

Tensas - Torregano Series, 2022

Red gold over dark red and white clay

38h x 44w in

Inquire
George Dunbar
Astraeus - Rag Series, 2022
Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas
49.50h x 61.50w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Astraeus - Rag Series, 2022
Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas
49.50h x 61.50w in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Deity XX 2 of 5, 2022

Cast bronze

24h x 24w x 12d in
SOLD

 

George Dunbar

Deity XX 2 of 5, 2022

Cast bronze

24h x 24w x 12d in
SOLD

 

Inquire
George Dunbar
Bridge XXVI, 2022
Asian leaf over blue/gray clay with machined and hand incised engraving
36h x 48w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Bridge XXVI, 2022
Asian leaf over blue/gray clay with machined and hand incised engraving
36h x 48w in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Kurbantes-Rag Series, 2022

canvas bundles, acrylic on canvas

37.50h x 49.50w in

George Dunbar

Kurbantes-Rag Series, 2022

canvas bundles, acrylic on canvas

37.50h x 49.50w in

Inquire
George Dunbar

Yocana - Torregano Series, 2022

23 karat red gold leaf over black and red clay

42h x 50w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Yocana - Torregano Series, 2022

23 karat red gold leaf over black and red clay

42h x 50w in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Erythrina Surge Series, 2022

palladium over blue and black clay

39.50h x 50w in

 

George Dunbar

Erythrina Surge Series, 2022

palladium over blue and black clay

39.50h x 50w in

 

Inquire
George Dunbar

Coin Du Lestin CXCIX, 2022

Asian leaf and yellow clay

12h x 12w in
SOLD

 

George Dunbar

Coin Du Lestin CXCIX, 2022

Asian leaf and yellow clay

12h x 12w in
SOLD

 

Inquire
George Dunbar

Mound Series II 2009

acrylic on envelope collage

35h x 27w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Mound Series II 2009

acrylic on envelope collage

35h x 27w in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Tallahalla-Surge Series, 2022

22 karat rose gold over taupe and white clay

19h x 25w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Tallahalla-Surge Series, 2022

22 karat rose gold over taupe and white clay

19h x 25w in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Rouville CXXIX, 2022

French gold over green and black clay with die keen

14h x 18w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Rouville CXXIX, 2022

French gold over green and black clay with die keen

14h x 18w in

SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar
Japonica-Surge Series, 2022
French gold over black and dark green clay with die keen
16h x 18w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Japonica-Surge Series, 2022
French gold over black and dark green clay with die keen
16h x 18w in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar
Pascagoula - Surge Series, 2022
Asian, Rose and Moon gold over taupe clay
12h x 24w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Pascagoula - Surge Series, 2022
Asian, Rose and Moon gold over taupe clay
12h x 24w in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar
Coin Du Lestin CCI, 2022
22 karat rose gold over dark gray clay
18h x 16w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Coin Du Lestin CCI, 2022
22 karat rose gold over dark gray clay
18h x 16w in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar
Rouville CXXXI, 2022
Moon gold over white and taupe clay
37h x 50w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Rouville CXXXI, 2022
Moon gold over white and taupe clay
37h x 50w in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Tillatoba - Rag Series, 2022

Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas

42h x 66w in

George Dunbar

Tillatoba - Rag Series, 2022

Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas

42h x 66w in

Inquire
George Dunbar

Eileithyia-Rag Series, 2022

Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas

19.50h x 25.50w in

 

George Dunbar

Eileithyia-Rag Series, 2022

Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas

19.50h x 25.50w in

 

Inquire
George Dunbar
Rouville CXXXII, 2022
Red gold over red and white clay
18h x 24w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Rouville CXXXII, 2022
Red gold over red and white clay
18h x 24w in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Bridge XXV, 2022

Moon gold over taupe and black clay

49.50h x 78.50w in
SOLD

 

George Dunbar

Bridge XXV, 2022

Moon gold over taupe and black clay

49.50h x 78.50w in
SOLD

 

George Dunbar

Yamoria-Surge Series, 2019

Palladium ovef black and pale blue clay with incised lines

85h x 80w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Yamoria-Surge Series, 2019

Palladium ovef black and pale blue clay with incised lines

85h x 80w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Coin Du Lestin CXCVIII, 2022

white and blue clay with palladium leaf

62h x 50w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Coin Du Lestin CXCVIII, 2022

white and blue clay with palladium leaf

62h x 50w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Tensas - Torregano Series, 2022

Red gold over dark red and white clay

38h x 44w in

George Dunbar

Tensas - Torregano Series, 2022

Red gold over dark red and white clay

38h x 44w in

George Dunbar
Astraeus - Rag Series, 2022
Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas
49.50h x 61.50w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Astraeus - Rag Series, 2022
Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas
49.50h x 61.50w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Deity XX 2 of 5, 2022

Cast bronze

24h x 24w x 12d in
SOLD

 

George Dunbar

Deity XX 2 of 5, 2022

Cast bronze

24h x 24w x 12d in
SOLD

 

George Dunbar
Bridge XXVI, 2022
Asian leaf over blue/gray clay with machined and hand incised engraving
36h x 48w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Bridge XXVI, 2022
Asian leaf over blue/gray clay with machined and hand incised engraving
36h x 48w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Kurbantes-Rag Series, 2022

canvas bundles, acrylic on canvas

37.50h x 49.50w in

George Dunbar

Kurbantes-Rag Series, 2022

canvas bundles, acrylic on canvas

37.50h x 49.50w in

George Dunbar

Yocana - Torregano Series, 2022

23 karat red gold leaf over black and red clay

42h x 50w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Yocana - Torregano Series, 2022

23 karat red gold leaf over black and red clay

42h x 50w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Erythrina Surge Series, 2022

palladium over blue and black clay

39.50h x 50w in

 

George Dunbar

Erythrina Surge Series, 2022

palladium over blue and black clay

39.50h x 50w in

 

George Dunbar

Coin Du Lestin CXCIX, 2022

Asian leaf and yellow clay

12h x 12w in
SOLD

 

George Dunbar

Coin Du Lestin CXCIX, 2022

Asian leaf and yellow clay

12h x 12w in
SOLD

 

George Dunbar

Mound Series II 2009

acrylic on envelope collage

35h x 27w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Mound Series II 2009

acrylic on envelope collage

35h x 27w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Tallahalla-Surge Series, 2022

22 karat rose gold over taupe and white clay

19h x 25w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Tallahalla-Surge Series, 2022

22 karat rose gold over taupe and white clay

19h x 25w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Rouville CXXIX, 2022

French gold over green and black clay with die keen

14h x 18w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Rouville CXXIX, 2022

French gold over green and black clay with die keen

14h x 18w in

SOLD

George Dunbar
Japonica-Surge Series, 2022
French gold over black and dark green clay with die keen
16h x 18w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Japonica-Surge Series, 2022
French gold over black and dark green clay with die keen
16h x 18w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Pascagoula - Surge Series, 2022
Asian, Rose and Moon gold over taupe clay
12h x 24w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Pascagoula - Surge Series, 2022
Asian, Rose and Moon gold over taupe clay
12h x 24w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Coin Du Lestin CCI, 2022
22 karat rose gold over dark gray clay
18h x 16w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Coin Du Lestin CCI, 2022
22 karat rose gold over dark gray clay
18h x 16w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Rouville CXXXI, 2022
Moon gold over white and taupe clay
37h x 50w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Rouville CXXXI, 2022
Moon gold over white and taupe clay
37h x 50w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Tillatoba - Rag Series, 2022

Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas

42h x 66w in

George Dunbar

Tillatoba - Rag Series, 2022

Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas

42h x 66w in

George Dunbar

Eileithyia-Rag Series, 2022

Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas

19.50h x 25.50w in

 

George Dunbar

Eileithyia-Rag Series, 2022

Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas

19.50h x 25.50w in

 

George Dunbar
Rouville CXXXII, 2022
Red gold over red and white clay
18h x 24w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Rouville CXXXII, 2022
Red gold over red and white clay
18h x 24w in
SOLD

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George Dunbar

Coin Du Lestin CXCVIII, 2022

White and blue clay with Palladium leaf

62h x 50w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Coin Du Lestin CXCVIII, 2022

White and blue clay with Palladium leaf

62h x 50w in

SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Erythrina Surge Series, 2022

palladium over blue and black clay

39.50h x 50w in

 

George Dunbar

Erythrina Surge Series, 2022

palladium over blue and black clay

39.50h x 50w in

 

Inquire
George Dunbar

Yamoria-Surge Series, 2019

Palladium ovef black and pale blue clay with incised lines

85h x 80w in

SOLD

 

George Dunbar

Yamoria-Surge Series, 2019

Palladium ovef black and pale blue clay with incised lines

85h x 80w in

SOLD

 

Inquire
George Dunbar

Mound Series II 2009

acrylic on envelope collage

35h x 27w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Mound Series II 2009

acrylic on envelope collage

35h x 27w in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Bridge XXV, 2022

Moon gold over taupe and black clay

49.50h x 78.50w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Bridge XXV, 2022

Moon gold over taupe and black clay

49.50h x 78.50w in

SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Coin Du Lestin CXCIX, 2022

Asian leaf and yellow clay

12h x 12w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Coin Du Lestin CXCIX, 2022

Asian leaf and yellow clay

12h x 12w in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Rouville CXXX

Palladium over white and blue clay

25h x 49w in

George Dunbar

Rouville CXXX

Palladium over white and blue clay

25h x 49w in

Inquire
George Dunbar

Rouville CXXIX, 2022

French gold over green and black clay with die keen

14h x 18w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Rouville CXXIX, 2022

French gold over green and black clay with die keen

14h x 18w in

SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Kurbantes-Rag Series, 2022

canvas bundles, acrylic on canvas

37.50h x 49.50w in

George Dunbar

Kurbantes-Rag Series, 2022

canvas bundles, acrylic on canvas

37.50h x 49.50w in

Inquire
George Dunbar

Yocana - Torregano Series, 2022

23 karat red gold leaf over black and red clay

42h x 50w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Yocana - Torregano Series, 2022

23 karat red gold leaf over black and red clay

42h x 50w in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Deity XX 2 of 5

Polished and lacquered, cast bronze mounted on granite base

24h x 24w x 12d in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Deity XX 2 of 5

Polished and lacquered, cast bronze mounted on granite base

24h x 24w x 12d in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Tensas - Torregano Series, 2022

red gold over dark red and white clay

38h x 44w in

George Dunbar

Tensas - Torregano Series, 2022

red gold over dark red and white clay

38h x 44w in

Inquire
George Dunbar

Eileithyia-Rag Series, 2022

Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas

19.50h x 25.50w in

George Dunbar

Eileithyia-Rag Series, 2022

Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas

19.50h x 25.50w in

Inquire
George Dunbar

Tallahalla-Surge Series, 2022

22 karat rose gold over taupe and white clay

19h x 25w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Tallahalla-Surge Series, 2022

22 karat rose gold over taupe and white clay

19h x 25w in

SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Flight in Bronze

Bronze cast with high polish and sealed finish

10.50h x 22w x 6.75d in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Flight in Bronze

Bronze cast with high polish and sealed finish

10.50h x 22w x 6.75d in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Tillatoba - Rag Series, 2022

Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas

42h x 66w in

George Dunbar

Tillatoba - Rag Series, 2022

Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas

42h x 66w in

Inquire
George Dunbar
Bridge XXVI, 2022
Asian leaf over blue/gray clay with machined and hand incised engraving
36h x 48w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Bridge XXVI, 2022
Asian leaf over blue/gray clay with machined and hand incised engraving
36h x 48w in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar
Rouville CXXXI, 2022
Moon gold over white and taupe clay
37h x 50w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Rouville CXXXI, 2022
Moon gold over white and taupe clay
37h x 50w in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar
Pascagoula - Surge Series, 2022
Asian, Rose and Moon gold over taupe clay
12h x 24w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Pascagoula - Surge Series, 2022
Asian, Rose and Moon gold over taupe clay
12h x 24w in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Rouville CXXXII, 2022

Red gold over red and white clay

18h x 24w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Rouville CXXXII, 2022

Red gold over red and white clay

18h x 24w in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar
Japonica-Surge Series, 2022
French gold over black and dark green clay with die keen
16h x 18w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Japonica-Surge Series, 2022
French gold over black and dark green clay with die keen
16h x 18w in
SOLD

Inquire
George Dunbar

Coin Du Lestin CXCVIII, 2022

White and blue clay with Palladium leaf

62h x 50w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Coin Du Lestin CXCVIII, 2022

White and blue clay with Palladium leaf

62h x 50w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Erythrina Surge Series, 2022

palladium over blue and black clay

39.50h x 50w in

 

George Dunbar

Erythrina Surge Series, 2022

palladium over blue and black clay

39.50h x 50w in

 

George Dunbar

Yamoria-Surge Series, 2019

Palladium ovef black and pale blue clay with incised lines

85h x 80w in

SOLD

 

George Dunbar

Yamoria-Surge Series, 2019

Palladium ovef black and pale blue clay with incised lines

85h x 80w in

SOLD

 

George Dunbar

Mound Series II 2009

acrylic on envelope collage

35h x 27w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Mound Series II 2009

acrylic on envelope collage

35h x 27w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Bridge XXV, 2022

Moon gold over taupe and black clay

49.50h x 78.50w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Bridge XXV, 2022

Moon gold over taupe and black clay

49.50h x 78.50w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Coin Du Lestin CXCIX, 2022

Asian leaf and yellow clay

12h x 12w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Coin Du Lestin CXCIX, 2022

Asian leaf and yellow clay

12h x 12w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Rouville CXXX

Palladium over white and blue clay

25h x 49w in

George Dunbar

Rouville CXXX

Palladium over white and blue clay

25h x 49w in

George Dunbar

Rouville CXXIX, 2022

French gold over green and black clay with die keen

14h x 18w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Rouville CXXIX, 2022

French gold over green and black clay with die keen

14h x 18w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Kurbantes-Rag Series, 2022

canvas bundles, acrylic on canvas

37.50h x 49.50w in

George Dunbar

Kurbantes-Rag Series, 2022

canvas bundles, acrylic on canvas

37.50h x 49.50w in

George Dunbar

Yocana - Torregano Series, 2022

23 karat red gold leaf over black and red clay

42h x 50w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Yocana - Torregano Series, 2022

23 karat red gold leaf over black and red clay

42h x 50w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Deity XX 2 of 5

Polished and lacquered, cast bronze mounted on granite base

24h x 24w x 12d in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Deity XX 2 of 5

Polished and lacquered, cast bronze mounted on granite base

24h x 24w x 12d in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Tensas - Torregano Series, 2022

red gold over dark red and white clay

38h x 44w in

George Dunbar

Tensas - Torregano Series, 2022

red gold over dark red and white clay

38h x 44w in

George Dunbar

Eileithyia-Rag Series, 2022

Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas

19.50h x 25.50w in

George Dunbar

Eileithyia-Rag Series, 2022

Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas

19.50h x 25.50w in

George Dunbar

Tallahalla-Surge Series, 2022

22 karat rose gold over taupe and white clay

19h x 25w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Tallahalla-Surge Series, 2022

22 karat rose gold over taupe and white clay

19h x 25w in

SOLD

George Dunbar

Flight in Bronze

Bronze cast with high polish and sealed finish

10.50h x 22w x 6.75d in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Flight in Bronze

Bronze cast with high polish and sealed finish

10.50h x 22w x 6.75d in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Tillatoba - Rag Series, 2022

Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas

42h x 66w in

George Dunbar

Tillatoba - Rag Series, 2022

Acrylic over cloth bundles on canvas

42h x 66w in

George Dunbar
Bridge XXVI, 2022
Asian leaf over blue/gray clay with machined and hand incised engraving
36h x 48w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Bridge XXVI, 2022
Asian leaf over blue/gray clay with machined and hand incised engraving
36h x 48w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Rouville CXXXI, 2022
Moon gold over white and taupe clay
37h x 50w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Rouville CXXXI, 2022
Moon gold over white and taupe clay
37h x 50w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Pascagoula - Surge Series, 2022
Asian, Rose and Moon gold over taupe clay
12h x 24w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Pascagoula - Surge Series, 2022
Asian, Rose and Moon gold over taupe clay
12h x 24w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Rouville CXXXII, 2022

Red gold over red and white clay

18h x 24w in
SOLD

George Dunbar

Rouville CXXXII, 2022

Red gold over red and white clay

18h x 24w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Japonica-Surge Series, 2022
French gold over black and dark green clay with die keen
16h x 18w in
SOLD

George Dunbar
Japonica-Surge Series, 2022
French gold over black and dark green clay with die keen
16h x 18w in
SOLD

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