Painter, printmaker and video artist, originally known as Jean Fraser, whose son Alastair Duncan was a tapestry artist. She was born in Edinburgh, where she obtained her diploma at the College of Art, 1951–5, under William Gillies, Robin Philipson and Leonard Rosoman, gaining a postgraduate diploma in printmaking, 1980–1, under David Barker at University of Ulster. Became co-director of Seacourt Print Workshop at Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland, having settled in Belfast. She was an academician of RUA and a member of the Artists’ Association of Ireland. Interested “in the power of repetitive shapes and rhythms in visual art”, in 1993 Duncan began a series of etchings prompted by composer John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil, shown at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, in 1994.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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