Ana Duncan was born in Dublin, Ireland. She works primarily in bronze and ceramic from her studio in Churchtown. Though the female figure has been a subject to which she constantly returns, forms in the natural world have been the inspiration for a body of work recently completed by her. Her main influences are the work of Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Botero, FE Mc William, among others, and the simplicity of Brancusi.
Duncan has just completed one large-scale public commission in Suzhou, China, and is working on a second in the same city. In 2015, she was invited to participate in a Sculpture Symposium in the US, where she completed a 2.5m high stainless-steel public sculpture, which was sited at the entrance to Mine Falls Park, Nashua, New Hampshire. Other public commissions include a life size Mother and Child for Tallaght Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.
She has exhibited in numerous galleries and exhibitions in Ireland since 1992 including Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Ulster Academy, Claremorrris Open, Boyle Arts Festival, Sculpture in Context at Fernhill Gardens, Dublin Castle, and the National Botanic Gardens. Her work has also travelled to exhibitions in Belfast, Boston, Brittany, London, Paris, and Scotland. She has had solo exhibitions in 2004 and 2010 and has been involved in many two and three person exhibitions in several galleries including the National Botanic Gardens in 2015.
Her work is represented in the collections of the Office of Public Works, Department of Finance and Personnel, Northern Ireland, Morrison Hotel, Tannery Restaurant, and several private collections in Ireland, USA, UK, Sweden, Spain and Portugal.
Ana was a joint exhibition Coordinator of Sculpture in Context, one of Ireland’s largest outdoor exhibitions from 2000 to 2013.
Artist Statement: My work is both figurative and abstract; working in bronze allows me the freedom to explore form without limits. Recently, I produced a body of work, which explores the patterns and forms in the natural world, yet the human figure is a subject to which I frequently return. I explore form through the exaggeration and manipulation of the figure, reducing it to its important elements.
“Her collections and a series of distinguished group and solo exhibitions throughout the years have firmly established her within the niche of an original, unique talent who works within a modernist framework.” Dr Jennifer Goff, Curator of Eileen Gray Collection, National Museum of Ireland.