JEREMY DUNCANBritish b. 1964


Exhibited: Form, Pattern & Stillness, 26th Nov - 19th Dec 2008

JEREMY DUNCANBritish b. 1964

British painter Jeremy Duncan first became interested specifically in the way that raking light created intricate patterns on the exteriors of buildings. These patterns were made more complicated by the additions of scaffolding or fire escapes. At first it seems perverse that an artist should wilfully obscure the building he is seeking to represent until it becomes clear that the building is merely the canvas for this play of light. Paradoxes abound in Jeremy’s work. He chooses the most populated of urban environments, but never once depicts a human figure. Even the scaffolding remains free from builders and windows merely reflect the sky rather than an interior. Another paradox is the contemplative stillness of the compositions despite the famed hustle and bustle of cities involved. By painting more anonymous buildings Duncan can avoid any narrative interpretation of his paintings. One is not supposed to know what is happening in the buildings because all the relevant action is happening on the outside. Far from being unfeeling or inhuman, the paintings are actually reconnections with landscapes we are perhaps not as familiar with as we first thought. Born in 1964, Jeremy Duncan is an associate of the Society of Architectural Illustrators.