David Duncan was born in Georgetown Guyana in 1950. By the age of 5 he had crossed the Atlantic by ship several times. He finally moved to Scotland in 1955. Worldwide travel would play a major part in his life.
David has been involved in education all his life both in Scotland and overseas. Whilst his background is in science and technology he has long had an interest in the creative arts. Drawing, painting and sculpture have all played there part.
He has drawn all his life in a variety of media and views drawing as an essential skill. He continues to attend life drawing classes. He likes the graphic work of Paula Rego and line drawings of Egon Schiele.
Over the years he has attended evening classes at Edinburgh College of Art, the Sculpture workshop, the Printmakers workshop and the Open College of Art in this country. He has lived in Brazil, Spain, Dubai and Bahrain and has attended classes in these countries.
In painting his preference is oil. While having taken his style from no one artist or movement in painting he has been drawn to the bold figurative work of Ken Currie, Steven Campbell, and Ian Hughes. The Americans Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Georgia O'Keeffe have also been an important influence. He continues to experiment.
In sculpture he has worked in clay, plaster, metal and wood. The works of past masters like Smith, Brâncuși, Hepworth, Calder and Giacometti have all interested him. As has the Cass Sculpture Foundation at Goodwood which houses some of the most exciting names in British sculpture.
Travel, the human figure and world events have been the focus of his art over the years.
Exhibited in charity events, with The Open College of the Arts in London, with The HCT in Dubai, and in Edinburgh in both the 2017 and 2020 Scottish Portrait Awards. He was shortlisted in both and also long listed in 2020.