Duncan Stewart

Date:31 August, 2019

 

Artist Bio and statement

 

Duncn has been practicing as a professional artist since his return from Italy in 2005. His oeuvre spans various media and multiple forms of expression. After receiving his National Diploma in Graphic Design and several years developing his visual language in the advertising industry, he relocated to Italy to train further with the equivalent of a B.F.A. from Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute in Florence. Parallel to his artistic work, Duncan hosts workshops and talks to highlight the vital role creativity plays in navigating business and life…and the value of integrating creativity with traditional modes of thinking to bring about both personal and organizational self-awareness and vision.
He lives and works in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

 

As an observer, my work as an artists is to offer a unique expression to those observations, reflecting on the complexities of life, responding to beauty and injustice as equal muses and telling visual stories that attempt to affirm or challenge preconceived paradigms and beliefs. Two vehicles I employ most often are light and movement.
Light reveals, it 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. The former relates to the physical realm, the latter to the metaphysical, spiritual. Movement is energy. Energy is life. Thus movement equates to life. Movement/life is a quality I seek to evoke in my work. The kinetic energy required to produce my drawings, paintings and sculptures becomes more than just visual, it becomes experiential…a visceral transfer from
artist to audience.

 

Bio
• 1971 Born in Tzaneen, South Africa.
• 1991 – 1993 Studied graphic design, University of Technology, Durban, South Africa
• 1994 – 2000 Travelled internationally, working in various ad agencies in South Africa and abroad.
• 2001 – 2003 Studied fine art, Lorenzo de Medici Institute, Florence, Italy. Scholarship Award.
• 2003 – 2005 Asst. Lecturer: painting, drawing & sculpture in Florence, Italy.
• 2006 – Practicing artist resident in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.


Exhibitions and Projects


SOLO


2020 / Leadership during a time of Crisis: Creativity / Speaker / SAICCA / online
2020 / A.I. animation series , future studies collaboration with Dr Gideon Botha for SAICCA
2019 / Artist’s Gathering / Speaker / Franschhoek / 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


GROUP

2021 / Return of the Vultures / Imibala Gallery /Graaf Reinet / South Africa
2019 / TODAY / Art in the Yard Gallery / Franschhoek / 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


Yellowwoods Collection, Union House / Cape Town / South Africa
Ndalo Media Group / Johannesburg / South Africa
Blend Group / Cape Town /South Africa
Umbono Capital / Johannesburg / South Africa
Mantis Collection, 2010 Boutique Hotel/Gqeberha/ South Africa