Art - Duncan
For the last month Duncan Bullen’s subtle,
peaceful abstract paintings have made the Star Gallery a calming
haven for peace-loving Lewesians to collect their thoughts.
They are going down on Sunday, so this weekend is your last
chance to experience the meditative effect these works can
have on you. The artist spends several weeks every year in
Santa Caterina, a 16th century former hermitage on the island
of Elba. His visits to this spiritually rich haven have been
central to the development of his unique style. Bullen’s
works, painted in oils and watercolours on wood and paper,
are usually shaped as circles, squares, cruciforms or quatrefoils.
They seem to contain, in their subtle tonal gradations, a
depth of spiritual power stored within their frames. They
seem to change as you move around the room.
In the prologue of Night Prayers a critic writes
that looking at his work is like ‘being at the still
point of the turning world.’ He has recently published
a book of the work he has produced in the hermitage, entitled
Night Prayers. ‘The prayer and ritual that
have been said for centuries seem to get into your skin. And
into your soul, if you are watchful and prepared to watch
in quiet expectation,’ he says of the experience. The
next exhibition at the Star Gallery, from April 29th, will
be rather different: a collection of colourful silkscreen
Cuban film posters from the 60’s to the present day.