Portrait of an Artist ~ Celtic Stonework Sculpture

Duncan & Vanessa

About the Artist

Duncan MacDonald is a native of Britian, with his studio on the Isle of Islay. In 1992, he committed to sculpting full time, after many years of creating props and scene design for the British film industry.

Duncan's original work is inspired by traditional Pictish and Celtic images while his historic pieces incorporate pivotal moments in Celtic history. His desire to express this history comes from his connection to it, with his mother from the North of Wales, and his father from the Highlands of Scotland.

Duncan tells this history in his own distinctive voice. He carves his original work after researching the history relevant to the piece. The background story of each piece is included with his work, thereby passing on this link with history. The original scolpture is then cast in cement fondue - a traditional process originating in 18th century France. This all natural medium creates fine, delicate detail suitable for indoor presentation, or outdoor exposure. The old stone polishing technique of hand waxing and bristle buffing, brings up any marbling created by the natural mineral colouring.


Posted on June 3, 2013 .