about the work
Addam Duncan’s figurative work is an extended narrative of thoughtful insights about human nature. Although the individuals he captures on paper and canvas are often solitary figures, their portrayals are not necessarily about loneliness. They are isolated because Duncan seeks subjects who project a single strong emotion—he visualizes the embodiment of that emotion through his subject. When more than one person appears in his work, the composition still revolves around the vantage point of a single principal figure.
Because his subject is the medium through which he channels emotion, Duncan doesn’t hesitate to push beyond the rigid parameters of strict realism when an exaggeration or a distortion will enhance his purpose.
The titles he attaches to his work are the keys to unlocking their deeper meanings. Duncan's use of double entendres isn’t limited to his titles. He often includes objects or actions within his work that have alternative meanings.
about the artist
A native of the Spartanburg area, Duncan is self-taught. His main artistic influences are two pairs of contemporaries–Rembrandt and Jan Lievens from seventeenth century Holland, and Robert Henri and John Singer Sargent from late nineteenth/early twentieth century America.
He is a participating member of the following organizations:
He is a participating member of the following organizations: the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, the Bright Light Artist Guild, the Contemporary Print Collective, the Southern Graphics Council International, and the West Main Artist Cooperative.