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Keith Duncan

New Orleans, LA
1997 Painters & Sculptors Grant Recipient

Artist's Statement

The new works are discoveries and a creative process from the “autobiography becoming the iconography” and in search of seeing the image as a new invention or archetype. Much like an epic motion picture, my paintings attempt to bring about a dialogue in sensitivity, which will evoke feelings of the spiritual at work. With symbols, I want to produce a distinct language in narrative form that has literary, poetic, or narrative content. This is the basis of my surreal painting. My artworks, I feel, can be an anecdote or nostalgic reminder of the root and bases of most narrative art. Storytellers may come and go but the story itself never goes away. This is my new focus, local sub-cultures and folk-cultures, my new environment, my new aesthetics. Like many great American painters and storytellers, I am obsessed with the notion of revealing the source, strength, and mysticism of my region, the Deep South.

  • Super Nanny, 2011, mixed media, 36 x 48 inches.

  • The Privilidged Life, 2011, mixed media, 36 x 48 inches.

  • Upperdy Niggas, 2011, mixed media, 36 x 48 inches.

All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.