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"David Duncan: Environmental Studies"
2005-05-10 until 2005-05-22
George Billis Gallery, L.A.
Los Angeles, CA, USA United States of America

The George Billis Gallery, L.A. is pleased to announce an exhibition of oil paintings by painter David Duncan. The work will be on view from May 10 - June 18, 2005, and a reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, May 14, from 5 - 8 p.m. David Duncan paints environmental studies, which examine the intersection between the private and commercial self. Remote locations often used by commercial photographers as backdrops are instead filled with people and things from daily life pots of tea placed in the Death Valley areas of Badwater and Furnace Creek; a cut Watermelon in Big Sur; a woman modeling a swimsuit on Pfeiffer Beach. Landscapes act as a template, upon which the artist reveals a temporary human presence, resulting in a conflation of the snapshot and commercial imagery.

David Duncan renders his works in both oil, and brushed and sprayed acrylic. During the painting process, he uses form-specific stencils to apply coarse dots of multiple colors. This technique creates an illusion, inspired partly by traditional printing methods, where thousands of tiny offset dots are employed to form shadow and volume of a given subject. By using both painting methods, the artist generates an interplay between soft-focused, textured backgrounds and the tightly rendered realism of objects in the foreground. The viewer is left to ponder the presence of models and everyday staged objects captured in epic environments.

David Duncan received his B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993. This is his second solo exhibition at George Billis Gallery.

George Billis Gallery, L.A. is located at 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd., between Venice and Washington Boulevards in Los Angeles and is open Tues. - Sat. from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. The gallery recently opened its second location in the Culver City area of Los Angeles, and marks its ninth year in the Chelsea arts district in New York City. George Billis shows work by both emerging and established artists.


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