Born in New Zealand in 1904 to Australian parents, Duncan studied in Sydney at the Royal Art Society, under Dattilo Rubbo where he won the Royal Art Society’s student exhibition prize in 1926. With his future wife, artist Alison Rehfisch, they held their first exhibition in Sydney in 1933. The same year they travelled to London and Europe where they studied and worked from 1933 to 1939. George Duncan was the Director of the David Jones Art Gallery in Sydney for ten years from 1953 and President of the Australian Watercolour Institute from 1958 to 1964. He died in 1974 and his wife died the following year. A joint retrospective exhibition of their work was held in Sydney and Canberra in 1976.
Our database records art auction sales of works by George Duncan from 1975 and in total 317 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 204 (64%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $24,000 for Rainy Day sold by Deutscher and Hackett in April 2009. This year 3 works have been offered for sale. Works by George Duncan are held by the Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Australia and a further four major public national galleries (see list below).
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