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 Duncan Gates  

Duncan grew up on the south east coast of Britain and studied Fine Art at KIAD Canterbury,
John Moores University Liverpool and Te Verrocchio Arts centre in Italy. He currently lives and works in Manchester. 

Duncan developed his own contemporary visual art practice within the disciplines of drawing, painting, 
and sculpture. His distinctive paintings are derived from sketches, photographs, and memories as he draws on his experience for inspiration. Common themes often originate from a happy childhood growing up near the coast at Dungeness and his pictorial world is shaped by the seaside: the beach, fishing boats, beach huts, a nuclear power-station, seaguls, birds and dog walkers. 

 

However, as a dog owner this is the topic that interests him the most. Within this subject he sympatherically creates atmospheric and intense paintings; often both welcoming and threatening they make for an ambiguous and beguiling perceptual experience. 

"My objective is not to create predictably kitsch images often associated with animal art, but to communicate the subject matter in a more intelligent and contemporary way." 

Duncan paints with a vigour and passion for his subject, fusing sensitivity with dynamic energy he draws 
inspiration from Caravaggio through to Freud, Bacon and more recently Doig. He has a talent for coherent and cohesive contemporary image making.