Beauty in the journey
In his latest series of paintings, Utahbased artist Robert Duncan is spotlighting the moments in life where beauty is on full display. These are awe-inspiring moments when both the viewer and the people in his works take a moment to pause and enjoy everything that surrounds them. “I’ve been thinking a lot about the value of beauty in our lives and noticing the everyday things around us that lift us up through the beauty we see and the beauty of simple things,” Duncan says.
March 4 through 16, Duncan will display these newest paintings in the solo exhibition Beauty in the Journey at Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. On view will be his classic Western scenes, images of rural farm life and wildlife compositions.
One of the standout pieces in the show is Spread Your Wings, which depicts his granddaughters on horseback, wind through their hair and arms outstretched. “I hope [the painting] gives a lot of other girls the feeling of freedom and flying in the wind that my granddaughters were feeling at the time,” he says.
A Welcome Sight is another work featuring one of his granddaughters, who when pulling her sled through the fresh snow encountered
two deer nibbling at a bush. “We have a herd of deer around our place that are here all the time in summer and winter,” Duncan explains, continuing, “That memory will always be there for her and that feeling of awe and inspiration that she felt coming on a couple of beautiful deer in the backyard.”
Duncan’s wildlife painting Winter’s Coming came about while visiting the Grand Teton National Park about two months ago. “Part of my inspiration for that painting was my feeling of gratitude for the people who years ago put their hearts and minds together to preserve Jackson Hole,” the artist says. “And now we can still—100 years later or however long it’s been—go up there and there’s this beautiful valley that’s open, clear and protected where moose are free to roam, and the grizzlies and elk.”
Beauty in the Journey will close with an open house for the artist on March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m.
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A Sturdy Partner, oil on linen, 22 x 28”
A Welcome Sight, oil on linen, 22 x 28”
Winter’s Coming, oil on linen, 36 x 48”
Spread Your Wings, oil on linen, 22 x 28”
Iced Over, oil on linen, 36 x 48”