Lift Off - Whimsical Painting by Stuart DunkelJTG #: 50710
10" X 8" Unframed
11" X 12" Framed
Oil on Panel
Dunkel’s years at Boston University proved to be an important springboard for his career. One of the coaches for the music program worked in human resources for the Boston Symphony Orchestra; and when there was a need for a substitute oboist at the Symphony, he asked Dunkel to step in. For a young musician, this was a rare opportunity, both to learn from experienced musicians and to develop a fuller understanding about participating in an internationally acclaimed symphony orchestra.
Following his college graduation in 1975, Dunkel was immediately hired as the full-time oboist for the Boston Opera Company, and he also continued working as a contractor for the Symphony. Unfortunately, the Opera Company’s financial stability diminished over the course of the 1970s and early 1980s, leading Dunkel to leave Boston to pursue his career elsewhere. In the opening years of the 1980s, he worked as the solo oboe for the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony. Subsequently, he moved to New York to attend the Mannes College of Music where he received a masters degree in 1985, and then went on to complete a doctoral program at Juilliard School of Music in 1987.
Stuart has studied extensively at Boston University, Boston Museum School, and the Academy of Realist Art. His still lifes featuring mice are a whimsical expression of his classical training under notable artists Robert Douglas Hunter, Sergio Roffo and more.