For Duncan Wood NEAC, painting is primarily a personal homage to visual experience, to ‘The Existent’, an activity in which the task is to conjure and edit series of colours & marks & compositions that give as true a form as possible to his vision.
“My work is concerned with emulating an aspect, or aspects of the first-hand visible world of landscape, still life and the figure. Painting is for me, primarily, a personal homage to visual experience, to ‘The Existent’, an activity in which the task is to conjure and edit series of colours and marks and compositions that give as true a form as possible to my vision. I hope that viewers of my work will identify with its source, or come to perceive its source - or parts of its source - from looking afresh at the world.
“I do not attempt to copy appearances exactly, because the world is in a constant state of flux and therefore impossible to pin down. Neither do I disregard the place for the conceptual, but would wish it to be subservient to and derive from the senses. I believe that the permutations available to painters that wish to work directly from nature, but in a new and vital way are inexhaustible. All this is not to say that a painter's sustenance is found purely from a direct collaboration with nature but also from an awareness of historical and contemporary art.”
From 'The Tables Turned’ (The Lyrical Ballads)
'One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.
Sweet is the law that nature brings;
Our meddling intellect
Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things;
- We murder to dissect.'
William Wordsworth (1798)