Portrait of an Artisan ~ Duncan's Celtic Stonework



About the Artist

Duncan MacDonald is a native of Britain, 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 sculpture 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.

Duncan moved to Canada after meeting his wife who visited Islay to search out information on her ancestors who left Islay in 1856. They married in 2004 and reside on the farm settled by her original Islay ancestors. Duncan continues to develop his Celtic stonework both at home on the Blue Mountains near Collingwood, Ontario and on Islay.

Posted on May 9, 2014 .