Duane Bousfield
American, B. 1960

Hovering somewhere between representation and abstraction, Duane Bousfield's carefully balanced compositions are a journey into mystic worlds of illusive figures. 

Through years of examining how lines combine to create shapes and forms, Bousfield developed a highly personal style. Inspired by Kandinsky, deKooning, Boccioni, and Klee, his paintings weave foreground and background into interconnecting forms. Rhythmic lines, scraping, dry brush, and layers of glazes emphasize the surface, while inside the picture plane implied figures act out their abstracted drama on a contained stage.

Raised in California, Bousfield grew up making art and graduated with a BA in Psychology from San Jose State University. He then continued studies in Art Therapy and Painting at UC San Francisco and UC Santa Cruz. He moved to NYC in 1995 where he lives and works today 

Artist Statement

My works are meant to be connections between myself and the viewer, as between composer and audience, or author and reader. My goal is to have the work paint itself in the way that dreams create themselves. The titles are markers, not definitions.

Solo Exhibits:

2012 Swifty's New York, NY
2009 Mud, Sweat & Tears New York, NY
2002-2005 The Duplex New York, NY
2000 Merican New York, NY
2000 Big Genius Art Williamsburg, NY
1999 & 2000 Pegasus New York, NY
1998 Town House Club Room New York, NY
1996 Esalen Institute visiting artist Big Sur, CA
1995 Esalen Institute visiting artist Big Sur, CA
1994 Center for Psychological Studies Albany, CA
1994 Citadel Gallery San Jose, CA
1992 Montgomery Theatre San Jose, CA
1992 Objectivity Gallery Menlo Park, CA
1991 Helio Gallery New York, NY
1991 Cassandra Kersting Gallery Oakland, CA
1989 Phoenix Gallery San Jose, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2010 Domus New York, NY
2001 Perogi 2000 Williamsburg,NY
2000 Figureworks Gallery Brooklyn, NY
2000 Leslie-Lohman Foundation New York, NY
1999 Corners Gallery Arcadia, MI
1999 Williamsburg Art & Historical Brooklyn, NY
1997 Leslie-Lohman Foundation New York, NY
1996 Foster Goldstrum Gallery New York, NY
1994 Art Initiatives at Tribeca 148 New York, NY
1994 San Jose Institute of Cont. Art San Jose, CA
1992 Secret Surrealist Society Washington, DC
1991 Art Lick Gallery San Francisco, CA
1990 Villa Montalvo Gallery Saratoga, CA
1988 Apple Computer Cupertino, CA


Selected Collections:
Leslie-Lehmann Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, NYC
Esalen Institute Big Sur, CA
Apple Computer Cupertino, CA
Adrian Driggs New York, NY
Marshall Rousseau St. Petersburg, FL
Murray Rosenthal Paris, France
Dr. Harry Lefakis Thessaloniki, Greece
Dr. Robert Simon London, GB
Dr. Pedro Gonzalez Santiago, Chile