about the artist
Duncan Johnson has been in conversation with wood since he was a small child. From his earliest obsession with gluing sticks of wood together to today’s mastery of craft and signature aesthetic, the inherent beauty and qualities of wood has been Johnson’s medium of expression.
Duncan Johnson earned a BFA at Pratt Institute in 1987 and lives and works in Vermont. He was awarded a Pollack Krasner Foundation Artist Grant in 2010, an Academy of Arts and Letters award in 2009 and an Individual Artist Grant from the Vermont Arts Council, also in 2009.
Johnson has exhibited in museums and art centers including the Bronx Museum of the Arts-Bronx, NY, Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art – Jacksonville FL, Brattleboro Museum of Art – Brattleboro VT, Sam Houston Memorial Museum – Huntsville TX, Museum of Art University of NH – Durham NH, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts – Pittsfield MA, Rosewood Art Center – Kettring OH, and Pelham Arts Center – Pelham NY, among others.
My new body of work uses discarded wood gathered from landfills and construction sites in Vermont. They contain aspects of sculpture, drawing and painting referencing many of my interests from quilting to architecture.