Duncan Macleod was born in Glasgow in 1952. He studied at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1974. He then went on to teacher training at Jordanhill College of Education.
Since leaving art school, he has continued to paint and to exhibit widely, while working as a teacher of art. In 1980 he was elected to membership of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (RSW). In 1981, he was awarded the Torrance Memorial Award at the Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI). He has been a member of the Scottish Arts Council Lecturers Panel since 1992 and has had an entry in Who’s Who in Art since 1993.
Duncan has developed a distinctive technique in his work, using mixed media and incorporating collage to particular effect.
He writes, “My forebears came from the island of Lewis and from that comes my love of the land. I seem to have acquired a Celtic feel for Land, Sea and Sky and these elements form a never ending source of inspiration. I love looking at the sky and the way it changes. Pattern, colour and mood are ever changing.
The mass of the land is relatively fixed and unchanging, though the seasons force that mass into change involving mood, colour, tone and texture. The only fixed elements seem to be the massive rocks and stones which abound in our native land but, on closer examination, these are alive with lichens, mosses, cracks and crevices.
Water is the last element which I seek to explore…the effect of sunlight on water and the movement and power of water.”
He has work in collections worldwide.