Sunday, June 16, 2024

Tom Duncan

Tom Duncan’s love for sculpture began at age 4 when he was given a clay set by his aunt. Born in Scotland in 1939 just before World War II broke out, he moved with his mother and brother to New York City shortly after the war ended. Much of Duncan’s artwork reflects memories of his childhood during the war.

He is an original tenant at Westbeth, where his three daughters, Rachel, Gwynne, and Jane, grew up. In his Westbeth studio, he has created mixed media pieces like Dedicated to Coney Island and Portrait of Tom with a Migraine Headache, each of which took some twenty-five years to complete.

Tom Duncan (b. 1939) Detail of The Execution of Private Slovik, 2009 mixed media 74 x 21.5 x 12.5 inches
Tom Duncan (b. 1939) Detail of 5 Catholic High School Girls …, 2001 Mixed media 37 x 22 x 1.5 inches
Tom Duncan (b. 1939) Portrait of Tom with a Migraine Headache, 2013 Mixed media 128.75 x 61.5 inches
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3 COMMENTS

  1. Great to listen. Very interesting story behind the work, also reflections about the context of doing art and the biography details, like: living in between countries…When I listen such an interview, where I have possiblity to listen the artist, I feel better in this world …and Sunday becomes brighter.

  2. […] Tom Duncan joined us to discuss his exhibition, It Isn’t Even Past, which runs through August 18 at Andrew Eldin Gallery. The title, chosen by Ducan’s dealer, speaks to his childhood memories, which are the majority of the body of his work. One piece, a sculpture titled The Execution of Private Slovik, tells the true story of a soldier who repeatedly turned himself in for desertion during the Battle of the Bulge. To hear more about this, Duncan’s other memories and more, listen to the complete interview. […]

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