Thursday, March 20, 2014

Portfolio website

Check out my portfolio website with a good bit of my artwork.

JoshuaDuncanArtist.com

Also, my plan is to start updating this blog a bit more so look out future!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Documentation of Painting Tables

I have always been interested in other artist's studios. Where they paint, what the set up looks like, etc. Joe Figg wrote an excellent book called Inside the Painter's Studio for any one interested in working artist studios. One of the most important part of the artist's studio is usually table space. Painting tables are particularly interesting the way the surface picks up all the accidental smudges and smears and spills of paint creating a completely accidental yet unique surface. I want to start documenting the tables I use to paint every few months or so. These are four of my most relied upon tables. I have been using them for about a year now. One is a portable store bought collapsible table I carry around while the other three (one inside the studio two outside) I made myself.


I would love to know what other painters' tables look like.




 Portable Table 1


 Outside Table 1

Outside Table 2
Inside Table 1

Friday, November 16, 2012

Abstract Studies inspired by a Forest


 Before these large green paintings I've been making recently I rarely used the color. I took a trip this past summer to the Appalachian area in east Tennessee. While camping around I wanted to focus on some plein air paintings, trying to look at the colors and match it with the paint. This made me really focus on the way the light would pass through the green summer canopy. This experience coupled with seeing Mallory Page's large green paintings at the 2012 White Linen Night show last fall began my interest in making these paintings. Page's "Treehouse" series captured a beautifully concealed openness that the canopy gives.  Something I am trying to achieve in my paintings.


Study of an Appalachian Canopy
oil on canvas
20" by 60"




Study of Appalachia to the Gulf
oil on canvas
24" by 36"
 


 
  Study of an Alchemy Forest
oil on canvas
58" by 42"






This is an "in-action" shot of the painting process. These paintings are apart of my "Study" series in which I am exploring both the nature of non-objective painting as well the chemical nature of the oils. I am mixing different oil based thinners (xylene, acetone, etc.) with different types of oil fillers (linseed, sunflower, walnut oils) as well as different types of pigments. I work the paintings horizontally allowing the paint to swirl, re-creating the organic flow of a liquid.


 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Drawings!

These are some drawings I have been working on. They are pretty split between plant and figurative based images. They are all watercolor/ink/acrylic on 9x12 paper.












Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Drawings and Poems


I have made several little booklets of poems and each one has an original drawing on them. The booklets contain a dozen poems written by myself, Joshua Duncan. These are my Fall season collection. I am selling them for $5 each (plus $2.50 for shipping/paypal fees) so $7.50 total.

If you are interested in having one or a few (they make GREAT gifts!) just email me at DuncansArt@gmail.com 


Monday, October 15, 2012

Video from a previous show








I had a great time with the RawArtist show recently.
This is a video about my work and the show. Check it out!












Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dope-Ah-Mean



These are some more recent Dope-Ah-Mean pieces. I am trying to really embrace the wood working elements of the series. Bring out more of the skeletal aspect of the frames while trying to break the traditional rectangular shape that most paintings have (in the Dope-Ah-Mean series I refer to these as Fractionated). These pieces consist entirely of oil painted canvas from the Study series.

Dope-Ah-Mean: Fractionated Hydrogen Cyanide
Burnt canvas, oils and wood  47" x  35"   


Dope-Ah-Mean: Fractionated Zinc Oxide
Burnt canvas, oils and wood   27" x 31"


Dope-Ah-Mean: Fractionated Titanium Dioxide
Burnt canvas, oils and wood   26 " x  24"




Frame Burning



 These are some in process shots of burning frames for my Dope-Ah-Mean paintings







Monday, September 24, 2012

Plant Paintings


I have been working on some paintings inspired by plant life. All these paintings are 36" by 48" acrylic and oil on wooden panels. 



Prayer Plant



Appalachian Canopy



Drying Sunflowers


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Studio/Workshop Shot

Here is a shot of myself in my workshop area where I make the frames for my Dope-Ah-Mean paintings and all the other things I work on. Notice the near OCD like organization.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dope-Ah-Mean: Fractionated Astaxanthin

As I have been exploring my Dope-Ah-Mean series I want to push the amount of activity from the wooden frame. In this piece I have left elements of the wood exposed allowing the frame itself to become more of the focal point. I am realizing that these pieces are more wall sculptures than paintings (although I will always consider them to be paintings).


Dope-Ah-Mean: Fractionated Astaxanthin
Burnt canvas, oil and wood
51" by 51"



Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Self Portraits

Due to a rainy day yesterday I have made a little collection of self portraits. They are all acrylic (some with ink)  on 9x12 paper. I wanted to use these as an exploration of drop/leave painting technique as well as exploration of shapes. It is interesting to note that when one peers into a mirror at one self it is a face of contemplation that is seen. These are paintings of myself in thought. 












Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ecstasy of St Theresa: Woman as the Numinous

Painting in process. I've been working on it here and there for the past two weeks. Not quite done yet, I want to push the impasto of the whites to the point of frosting. This is a painting pulled from the Catholic myth of St Theresa of Avila of recieved spiritual visions during the late 15th century. I find the way this myth combines spiritual ecstasy with bodily pleasure very intriguing. St Theresa is usually depicted (in the amazing Bernini sculpture and various paintings) as having a worldly orgasm as she experiences this spiritual vision from God. The combination of spirituality and sexuality is strong in this myth.


Ecstasy of St Theresa: Woman as the Numinous
acrylic and oil on wood panel
24" by 36"



Monday, May 7, 2012

Study of the Exile From Paradise

With this piece I further my exploration of technique and layering processes.
This piece now graces the walls of Equitas Capital Advisors here in New Orleans.


Study of the Exile From Paradise
36" by 48"
oils, enamels, lacquers and epoxy on wood

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Drawings of Plants and Dogs

Here are some sketchbook drawings I've been doing lately. At first I was using ballpoint pen and crayons. Then my order of my favorite pen nibs (C-1 and 3) arrived in the mail so the drawings started to become more inky. These are drawings of house plants around my living room. I find the patterns of tropical foliage plants very intriguiging. The pattern becomes interesting and, well, fun to draw. The flowers are gladiolus and sunflowers I have drawn were grown by my beautiful girlfriend Sarah Megan in her garden.














And these are some drawings of my dogs!