Kirsten Duncombe

At the heart of the work of Kirsten Duncombe is an abiding interest in materiality and abstraction. Varied media, including: printmaking, drawing, painting, and, collage are used to explore how chance and the power of the ambiguous can provoke a unique visceral response in the viewer. Pouring, layering and cutting reveal the unexpected, mysterious, and unconventional, as elements are positioned and repositioned to create these intimate works.

A passionate and experienced art educator, Duncombe’s work is informed by the post-painterly abstractionists, (including Helen Frankenthaler and Ellsworth Kelly), surrealism and minimalism. More notably, her interest in the abstract goes beyond the familiar Western 20th Century tradition, to include a scholarly knowledge of abstract principles that stretch back millennia and reference the profound human connection to non-representative form. Sources as diverse as pre-historic petroglyphs, Tibetan beadwork, Navajo weavings and particularly the elusive tradition of abstract Tantric paintings from Rajasthan, India are used for inspiration.

This is abstraction in its broadest sense, revealing a common thread through history, bypassing language, crossing cultural borders and linking to something elementally human. Drawing on these themes, Duncombe’s works explore how non-objective form and materiality can be used as a meditation on the possibility and mystery that are inherent in the world we live in but also deep within each of us.

Alone With You by Kirsten Duncombemixed media on board 34x27cm framed $530
Interstellar by Kirsten Duncombemixed media on board 46.5 x 32cm framed $660
Sleepless I and II by Kirsten Duncombemixed media on board each 11.5x18cm framed set of 2$620
Strange Impression by Kirsten Duncombemixed media on board 41 x47cm framed $730