JOHN DUCKWORTH

John Duckworth’s works transcend the line between realism and abstraction. His photographs are infused with an intimate knowledge of nature, a passion for pure color, and a rhythm drawn from life itself. His trademark style involves abstracting the photographic image to lend the work a much lauded painterly appearance. By providing the viewer a sense of place, yet obscuring the details, he allows each individual to step into the image and bring forth their own visual history. The ensuing narrative is enriched through the power of memory, infusing a personal creative process with universal appeal.




LANDSCAPE ABSTRACTS

Best described as paintings from a camera, John Duckworth’s Landscape Abstracts evoke the sea, forest, marsh, and sky in rich bands of saturated color. This body of work captures the essence and natural beauty of the region, where vibrant colors flow through the landscape as subtly as the southern seasons flow into each other. The humid summers bring brilliant green marshlands and graceful, fast-moving thunderstorms of purple and gray, while colder months deliver warmer, gentler tones and calm, serene sunsets. At every glance these photographs transport you through their colors - each image telling a unique story of the horizon through both aesthetic and process.

 

FALL RELEASE


Folly Beach 89840

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IOP 94885

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Ashley River 101677

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Folly Beach 89858

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Sol Legare Creek 99552

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Kiawah River 103181

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Fripp Island 93830

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IOP 95074

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Penny Creek 68225

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Grey Bay 68456

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Sullivan’s Island 77418

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Isle of Palms 85124

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Seabrook Island 48406


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Sullivan’s Island 71800

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81927

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Spring Island 79558

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Stono River 85473

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Bohicket Creek 53663

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Ashley River 65580

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Stono River 81559

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Ashley River 84224

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Stono River 98566

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LINEAR

The Linear Abstracts are an extension of the Landscape Abstract series with a focus on color, line, and movement. As is characteristic of John’s creative vision, the details within the photograph vanish and blur, simplifying the image to accentuate pureness of color and form. In this body of work, movement transitions to vertical as opposed to horizontal.

Late Summer 36530

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Early Fall 31352

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Winter 72819

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Summer 73075

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Winter 72769

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Summer 73085

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LIVE OAKS

 

74793

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74671

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74837

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74669

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74991

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74978

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MYOPIC

The Myopic series represents the continuation of John’s curiosity with focus and unfocus. Through his experimentation with soft-focus photogenic manipulation, the elements of color, tone, and shape shift towards abstraction. The result is an image where all reference to place is removed, leaving iridescent circles dancing in its place.

61228

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71749

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71118

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71930

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70860

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103928

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PANORAMAS

A complement to the Landscape Abstract series investigates the beauty and expanse of the coastal Carolina landscape. The result of stitching together ten to 20 different individual photographs, this body of work features an amazing level of detail, showcasing the beauty of the region in its full splendor. At up to 90 inches wide, the Panoramas command the peripheral vision, inviting the viewer to figuratively “step into” the scene.

Stono River 53255

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90” $5800
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Grey Bay 54842

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Steamboat Creek 53950

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Stono River 95669

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Stono River 100734

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Bulow Landing 101131

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SPIRARI

The Spirari series is John’s most recent body of photography work. The images capture fire up close at high speed, which John then digitally alters to highlight the flame’s sensual form while abstracting the reference to its origin. An active attempt at grasping a deeper understanding and appreciation for change as a part of life, this series was born as a meditation on John’s evolving roles as a person, an artist, and a father. Spurred by a major life transition in 2007 and his subsequent move to Johns Island to live, work, and heal, the explorations shown in the Spirari series helped John to embrace the impermanence of his own emotions, thoughts, and physical being. It reflects his awakening to a new outlook on life -  one acknowledging impermanence as the only constant.

Spirari 17_82176

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Spirari 18_82179

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Spirari 19_83173

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Spirari 08_49417

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Spirari 15_72025

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URBAN JOURNEY

Much like the Landscape Abstracts series reveals the essence of place, the Urban Journey series reveals the essence of a universal narrative - a narrative that the viewer, free from the confines of specificity, is invited to interpret through the lens of their own personal history. The panorama format references wide-screen cinema and further evokes the narrative quality of the image.

40152

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97640

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61596

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61569

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97953

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85806

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All archival photographs on canvas are available in editions of 5, in three standard sizes, framed.

The photographs are shown in their original state as taken and are not digitally manipulated in post. Using a proprietary proofing process to achieve the most accurate colors possible, John prints straight to canvas utilizing a state-of-the-art digital darkroom with a wide-format printer and archival inks. Once printed, canvases are given a protective UV coating, stretched over custom-designed stretcher bars, and framed with handmade, locally built wood floater frames, made to order in dark walnut or painted black.