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Duncan Shanks


Duncan Shanks

Meet the Artist

Born: 1937
Place of Birth: Airdrie

Duncan Shanks was born in Airdrie and studied at Glasgow School of Art where he later lectured. He draws his subjects and inspiration from the countryside around his home in the Clyde Valley. Strong colour and richly applied paint chart the changing seasons and the forces imminent in nature. His works also examine the perennial tasks and practices of traditional rural life.

‘Duncan Shanks is a committed and self-aware modernist. Nevertheless he chose from the beginning of his career the apparently old-fashioned idiom of landscape… his pictures reach beyond abstraction to achieve, in his own words, “a fusion of the actual and the abstract.’”‘
– Duncan MacMillan

Duncan Shanks will be the subject of a major new exhibition The Riverbank – A Landscape of Sorrow and Hope as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival 2022.

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