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Duncan Hopkins lives and works close to the North Devon and Cornwall coast. His drawings and paintings are carefully observed and improvised studies of the sea, coastline and rural landscapes throughout the south west.

He is particularly interested the evocation of atmosphere and sensation, and the topographical and structural qualities of natural features and phenomena.

He is currently researching and developing drawing and painting methods based on historical practices, and works mainly with oils, charcoal and graphite.

He has over 35 years experience in the Arts, working in fine art, digital design, and community art projects. His other interests include gardening and wandering around aimlessly.

This website is a selected collection of his artwork from the last few years, as this particular body of work is reflective of his current practice. There is a small archive section showing selected paintings from 1992 – 2014.



2011, MA Fine Art: Contemporary Practice, University College Falmouth, Cornwall.
– Painting, installation, film, sound and digital media. Performative, solo, relational and collaborative projects. Exhibition design. Theoretical contexts.

2003, HNC Multimedia & Graphic Design, Strode College, Street, Somerset.
– Graphic design, digital design (web, image, photographic, moving). Collaborative commercial film projects. Computer building, coding (html, css). Semiotics. Fine art.

1991, BA Graphic Design, Faculty of Art & Design, Bristol Polytechnic, Somerset.
– Graphic design, pre-computer hand designed & constructed processes, technical drawing, photography, print, illustration, fine art. Historical and theoretical contexts.

Awards, Prizes + Shorlists

Longlist: Jackson’s Open Painting Prize 2018
Longlist: Royal Society of Marine Artists Open 2015
Shortlist: The Plough Open Drawing Competition 2014
Longlist: Royal Society of Marine Artists Open 2014
Longlist: The Threadneedle Prize 2014
Shortlist: Evolver Prize 2014
3rd Prize: Plough Drawing Competition 2013
Shortlist: Door Prize For Painting 2012


Works held in Private Collections in UK, Europe, Canada & USA.

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