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Robert Duncan (b. 1952)  Artworks >>

Organizations* : CAA

Traditional oil painter of “people, sometimes mountain men, sometimes farmers and ranchers, but most often Indians,” born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1952 and living in Midway, Utah, since 1976. “What inspires me, and is usually the underlying theme,” he points out, “is people coping and making the best of their environment. I’m fascinated with the ability of the human spirit to overcome obstacles and the West is full of examples of this.

“I began drawing animals when I was five and did my first oil painting when I was eleven. I spent most of my summers on family ranches in the upper Green River area of Wyoming. It was these summers that had the greatest effect on my painting. I continued painting all through my school years in Salt Late City and sold my first big painting for $55 to my junior high school. After high school, I attended the University of Utah for two years before deciding that I would learn more just painting full time.

“My neighbor Edward Fraughton was of great help. I later was lucky enough to meet John Clymer who has given me advice, and in 1977, I spent a month studying with Robert Lougheed. My friend Valoy Eaton has also been a tremendous help, but I think the greatest challenge for any young artist is to make ‘the song’ his own, to try to say something that comes from within, instead of just doing new versions of another man’s idea. I get most of my ideas from just observing people because I don’t think people have changed that much from the past in the basic ways they react to situations. I’ve never joined any art organizations or entered shows. It hasn’t interested me.”

Resource: Contemporary Western Artists, by Peggy and Harold Samuels 1982, Judd’s Inc., Washington, D.C. Source

  • CAA = Cowboy Artists of America
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