Heather Duncan


Heather’s view of landscape is one of human experience: the impressions upon its surface mapping the interventions, modifications, and, in some cases, the mutual benefits that arise from our connection with the land. Her evocative, abstract paintings fuse with the realism of the landscape tradition in British art, creating works of great poetry, and full of sensibility.

Heather inherits much from the Expressionist and Neo-Romantic artists of the twentieth century. Yet this is no fanciful or Arcadian view of landscape. Heather’s paintings ‘celebrate the beauty of landscape’ in all its forms: natural, cultivated, wild, or industrial. As such, they offer an intuitive portrait not merely of geography, but of humanity. Heather’s style is recognisable to many for its gestural and impasto appropriation of colour. From these marks emerge the impressions of the broad moorland landscapes of her childhood, and wind-swept coastlines. It is a manner that could be characterised by the slippery term ‘abstract’. In truth, Heather’s work occupies a delicate balance between the representational and the purely abstract, with a fluidity and dynamism that defies conventional stylistic tropes. Difficult to pigeon hole, Heather does not like to dictate the terms by which her work is viewed.