A solo Exhibition of Duncan Stewart

We live in a noisy world where it is challenging to hear above the din, and almost impossible to step off the treadmill long enough to discern what path to take.

Silence is free of talking or the need to think about words and thoughts.

Silence is about being. And about being still.

Silence is the cathedral in our souls, which, if incessantly occupied leaves no room to hear the divine whispers.

As I set about creating work for this show, it was this desperate need to create from a place of stillness and silent listening that led me to explore a range of paintings that at first glance appear monochromatic. I wanted to create visual spaces that were calm, quiet and removed from noisy colours and energetic angles.

By exploring subtle shifts of hues and tones I have intentionally ‘bleached’ the noise out, giving the viewer permission to dwell in silence – to search for detail on what at first glance appears to be a subdued canvas… yet ultimately is alive with colour waiting to reward those who push through the veil into the quite resonance of the work.

Art in the Yard, 38 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek

From Saturday 18 November until 11th December 2017