David Duncan

A graduate of Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California, where he studied under the prominent Abstract Artists Emerson Woelffer and Matsumi “Mike” Kanemitsu, David was born in 1947 in Hays, Kansas, and grew up in Oklahoma, graduating from high school in 1965. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1966 and served two combat tours in Vietnam. After discharge in 1970, a couple of years were spent wandering the United States before finally enrolling in college in 1972.

C.S. Lewis once said of art that “no man who bothers about originality will ever be original.” It is therefore in the tradition of aesthetics that I have made myself a true artist by any means: I speak my mind upon the canvas before me, and from there, will the truth of my originality be judged.

Sculptor, but firstly, painter, I create portraits from emotion, embodying the core of my being and enveloping the viewer into an altered state. I strive for perfection in all my work, and in such, I design around simplicity and elegance, creating a work through what I believe to be, excellent design.

I have opted to conduct my work in an open manner, with loose and open brushstrokes that pay homage to Abstract Expressionism, keeping the tradition of the giants alive with the ingenuity of my own stylistic choices, all of which come together in the chorus of an ode: I bid the viewer to not reflect upon the art itself, but rather the art mime the inner spirit of the viewer.

Such it is, that I bid the viewer to come on a journey with me and experience the work in its finest state. Peruse, enjoy, and devour.

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” ~Aristotle