Born in Oxford in 1961, Duncan grew up in the Midlands where he still spends a substantial part of the year. Despite living so far inland, he managed to develop a passion for the sea and spent a highly significant eighteen months sailing across the Atlantic and then around the coast of Britain.
He now spends part of the year back home in the Midlands and summers on the island of Mull in Scotland. Taking his inspiration from the surrounding landscape and the sea, Duncan is particularly fascinated by the effects of natural light. His distinctive palette conveys the cool yet vibrant shades of sea and sky as they appear to his artist’s eye. Verging on the abstract, his work is characterised by the dense application of richly textured acrylics, which create a sense of spontaneity and energy. Since turning professional in 2002, Duncan has enjoyed immense success, displaying his work in both galleries and private collections.
“I am definitely inspired by nature and I love to experience the countryside at first hand whenever I can. I have also been lucky enough to travel to a great many interesting places in my life, as well as having spent 18 months at sea, and these experiences have all had a profound effect on my work. These are the memories I refer to when I am in the studio considering where to go next, so they are what informs and guides my own creative impulse.”