Date:31 August, 2019
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.
• 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.
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
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
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