Deon Duncan is an American artist originally from Utah. When she was younger, she wanted to take a course that explores both practical and theoretical aspects of art. After graduating from Fine Arts, she trained in post-modern critical theory at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago. The student turned artist, decides to become a painter. But after 25 years of practice, the passion fades. Her late encounter with sculpture appeared to be a godsend. The discipline fills her with wonder and appears as an inexhaustible source of inspiration.
Duncan then focused on the human anatomy. The artist scours the scientific literature and focuses her research on the analysis of body structure. Her works scrutinize and strip every inch of human flesh in order to apprehend and reappropriate the figuration of the human body. Four years of intense research were necessary to acquire this incomparable mastery. But this investment is not in vain. Duncan has managed to achieve breathtaking anatomical realism. However, the artist is willing to allow herself a few liberties, in particular with regard to the colors.
The series of swimmers is intimately linked to Duncan’s private life. Its design is indeed inspired by her past as a professional sportswoman. According to the artist, the symbiosis of body, mind and soul that athletes feel when making an intense effort is similar to that which artists can feel during the creative act. Through bronze, this talented American artist brings her characters to life. The muscles of her swimmers seem to be filled by the vitality of the gesture they are making. Animated by movement, these works are presented to us with delicacy and robustness.
Her series Swim is presented in French exclusivity in the Marciano Contemporary galleries.