Imagination is the beginning of creation.
You imagine what you desire,
you will what you imagine,
and at last, you create what you will.

– George Bernard Shaw

Tim Duncan (1972) was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. He studied philosophy and arts. The last 18 years he has been living in the Netherlands.


Painting to me is like conducting an orchestra.
Each instrument (each colour) is of importance to the whole.

My paintings are basically imaginative, innocent, sometimes boardering on holy. They are playful as well. 

Tim started painting at the age of sixteen. In 1990 he had an exhibition at the Trinity College, Dublin, where he showed oil paintings, inspired by Yves Tanguy and Salvador Dali. The paintings were characterized by a surprising amount of skill and an unique and great refinement.

“The artist has to be both courageous and vulnerable.”

Since then Tim encountered some big setbacks in his personal life. Still, he managed to continue his work, albeit with interruptions. Since 2000 he has been working continuously at pastels with geometric shapes, human figures and structures in many variations as subjects. They are of a great clarity and show immense control of shapes and colours.