Duncan Stewart

Date:31 August, 2019

Artist Statement

Duncan works across various media but predominantly in painting, drawing, and sculpture. He developed his visual language early on by studying graphic design and has a National Diploma in Graphic Design. After that, Duncan moved to Italy to train further with the equivalent of a B.F.A. from Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute in Florence.

The incredible diversity and scope of Duncan Stewart’s work reveals an artist who not only has an inherent natural ability, but an inner curiosity  – ‘a holy discontent’ in his words, that ceaselessly fuels his creative exploration into the life lived by faith. Duncan has shared his growing understanding of the relationships between creativity, faith and imagination not only through his art but also through engaging individuals and organizations on various professional coaching platforms. 

His visual work employs vehicles such as light and movement to explore new depths of creativity. Light reveals, brings understanding and insight into things hidden or partly obscured. We see in two ways: with our physical eyes and with the eyes of the heart. Duncan is interested in re-discovering and re-defining the world to affirm or challenge existing paradigms. Movement is life. The kinetic energy required to produce his drawings, paintings, and sculptures becomes more than just visual; it becomes visceral, a transfer of life energy from the painter to the viewer. And amidst the diversity of his searches, there seems to run a golden thread – and that is the appreciation for beauty.

Duncan lives and works in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Bio

• 1971                                     Born in Tzaneen, South Africa.

• 1991 – 1993            Studied graphic design at Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa

• 1994 – 2000            International travel, working in various ad agencies in South Africa and abroad.

• 2001 – 2003            Studied fine art at Lorenzo de Medici Institute, Florence, Italy. Scholarship Award.

• 2003 – 2005            Worked as an artist and taught painting, drawing & sculpture in Florence, Italy.

• 2006 –                      Practicing artist resident in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Exhibitions and Projects

SOLO

2019 / PeoplePlacesTexturedSpaces / GFI Gallery / Port Elizabeth / South Africa

2019 / Creativity with Purpose / Mergon Workshop / Stellenbosch / South Africa

2018 / Art of Safari / Nedbank Workshop / Johannesburg / South Africa

2017 / Art of Movement / PE Opera House / Port Elizabeth/ South Africa

2017 / Silence / Art in the Yard Gallery / Franschhoek / South Africa

2017 / Sail / Cape Town International Boat Show / V&A waterfront, Cape Town / South Africa

2016 / Where the Light Shines Through / Art in the Yard Gallery / Franschhoek / South Africa

2014 / City Illuminated / GFI Gallery / Port Elizabeth / South Africa

2012 / Sacred Steps / GFI Gallery / Port Elizabeth / South Africa

2011 / Watermarks / Barnard Gallery / Cape Town / South Africa

2009 / Football: A Dialect for Hope / GFI Gallery / Port Elizabeth / South Africa

2008 / Flow / Hyde Park Art Gallery / Johannesburg / South Africa

2005 / Deep Play / Rick Becker Gallery / Port Elizabeth / South Africa

2005 / Artist for Higher / Il Punto Gallery / Florence / Italy

2003 / Life in Me / Millenium II Gallery / Johannesburg / South Africa

2002 / Ex Italia / His People Gallery / Johannesburg / South Africa

GROUP

2019 / The Collection Studio / 100%designSA / Johannesburg / South Africa

2019 / Living Karoo / Imibala Gallery /Graaf Reinet / South Africa

2018 / Voyage / Art in the Yard Gallery / Franschhoek / South Africa

2018 / 40 Stones / National Arts Festival / Grahamstown / South Africa

2018 / Artrooms Fair / Melia White House / London / U.K.

2017 / FNB Jhb Art Fair / Galerie Noko / Sandton, Jhb / South Africa

2017 / Glimpses of Eden / Imibala Gallery / Graaf Reinet / South Africa

2016 / FNB Jhb Art Fair / Galerie Noko / Sandton, Jhb / South Africa

2015 / Nature’s Echo / GFI Gallery / Port Elizabeth / South Africa

2015 / 40 Stones in the Wall / The Long Room / Grahamstown / South Africa

2014 / The Landscape about us / Hopewell Estate / Port Elizabeth / South Africa

2010 / Expressions 2010 / Athenaeum Gallery  / Port Elizabeth / South Africa

2008 / Fantastic Landscape / Cuyler Street Gallery / Port Elizabeth / South Africa

2006 / Transition / Red Location Museum / Port Elizabeth / South Africa

2006 / Winter / Cuyler Street Gallery / Port Elizabeth / South Africa

2006 / Faith Hope Love / Upstairs@Bamboo Gallery / Johannesburg / South Africa

2004 / Verita / Piazza Republica Gallery / Florence / Italy

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

2018 / Various pieces / Yellowwoods Collection, Union House / Cape Town / South Africa

2014 / New Horizons, oil on canvas, 360cm x 150cm / Alexkor Collection / Johannesburg / South Africa

2013 / Legacy, bronze, 95cm(h) x 45cm(w) x 22cm(b) / Ndalo Media Group / Johannesburg / South Africa

2010 / Streetwise, bronze edition 5 of 12, 100cm(l) x 55cm(w) x 29cm(h) / Blend Group / Cape Town /South Africa

2008 / 50+ pieces incl. ceramic sculptures, oil paintings, installations / Umbono Capital / Johannesburg / South Africa