Duncan Harris is a British painter who has painted professionally since 1986 and, over the years, has exhibited in the UK, France and the USA. His work reflects his interest in light, colour and texture, and he has always worked in oils, painting outdoors whenever possible. Recently, Harris has developed a new series of abstract paintings, influenced by forms and patterns in the natural world – subjects such as lichen, water and stone.
For 30 years, Harris was living and painting in London, where galleries in Fulham, Highgate, Wandsworth and Waterloo would regularly take his work to display in their galleries. Furthermore, he frequently submitted work to the ‘Not the Royal Academy’ Summer Show.
Now, for the past 8 years, Harris has been living in East Devon, where he has exhibited locally in Uplyme and at the Town Mill Galleries, Lyme Regis and has taken part in ‘Dorset Art Weeks’ Open Studios.
Over the years, Harris has learnt many things about colour, light and half-light, and methods of painting. He is not a classically trained painter – he doesn’t prepare his own paints but he uses traditional oil paints on stretched linen canvas. Most of his paintings are of real places, some of them painted on the spot, and he has spent many hours stood in vineyards and fields – when the climate is consistent. The subject matter of his paintings is varied, from restaurant scenes, to landscapes or flowers in a vase and he feels that his better paintings often tell a self-explanatory story.
Many of Duncan’s original landscapes and French waiter paintings are in numerous private collections throughout the world.