EMMETT DUGGAN

BORN 1977, New York

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

MFA ’01 University of Pennsylvania
BFA ’99 Boston University

AWARDS
2000 Joan Mitchell award nominee
1999 Guttman Fellowship (full Scholarship)
1995 Boston University Grant (full scholarship)

EXHIBITIONS
2011 “Songs for Lulu” Walker-Cunningham Fine Art, Boston, MA
2010 “150 x 150” Laconia Gallery, Laconia, NH
2009 “Casual Males” George Sherman Union Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA 
2009 “Full Frontal” Dual show, James’ Gate Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA 
2007 Group show James’ Gate Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA
2001 Masters of Fine Arts Thesis Show, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

 

 ABOUT THE ARTIST

    In High School Emmett was a physics geek that was really good at drawing things in front of him.  He entered a contest at the age of 15 at Huntington Fine Arts (Huntington NY) and won a scholarship to study drawing, painting, and sculpture four days a week after school.  It was a very disciplined program where he was trained academically with figure drawing, landscape painting, and still lives.  He became quite good at it, earning scholarships to Boston University (BFA ’99) and University of Pennsylvania (MFA ’01), and achieved a level of realism that is commendable.  However, while working countless hours to achieve “Realism” and paint things in front of him, he started day dreaming and scribbled colors  from imagination.  In graduate school he studied color theory with Robert Slutzky, a student of Joseph Albers, and began to develop color as a subject in and of itself but rejected hard edged abstraction. He was enamored  by the way color changes in proximity to other colors and performs tricks. He meditated on synthetic cubist paintings by Picasso, Op art by Bridgette Riley, and the “Cold Mountain” series by Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, and Robert Ryman. Like a mad scientist he spent countless hours tinting colors and building abstract pictures until his obsession with colors, shapes, and imagination eclipsed his interest in painting things he could see in front of him. He taught drawing, painting, and abstract theory at University of Pennsylvania in 2002, worked for Pace Wildenstein as an archival photographer through 2005, lived in Brooklyn through 2006, installed and packed artwork for museums in Boston, MA through 2009. He is now a full time artist living in Leslie, Arkansas with works at Walker-Cunningham gallery in MA,  Boston University gallery, and prestigious private collections.  Once a week he volunteers his time teaching abstract theory in Leslie.