About

Duncan Hewitt is a sculptor.

He remakes and replaces things that are important to him.

They reappear as touchstones that exist in real and imagined space and are both sculptures and objects. Most are made of carved and painted wood.

Hewitt was born in New York City in 1949 and grew up on Long Island. He attended Colby College and graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives and works in the Portland area of Maine. His work has been shown with prominent 20th century artists such as Joseph Beuys, Joseph Cornell, Isamu Noguchi and 21st century artists including, for example, Susan Collis, Katherine Bradford, Vik Muniz and Nina Katchadourian. In 2016, the Portland Museum of Art (Maine) presented Hewitt's, Turning Strange, a solo exhibition that connected a selection of works from the last twenty years.

He is associated with the ICON Gallery of Contemporary Art in Brunswick, Maine. In addition to his ongoing body of work he has completed five public art projects.

 
 

Statement

I make things by hand – touching. I remake found objects or events, sometimes altering them and sometimes hardly even doing that. Often, I move towards the subject, carefully disappearing into it before I find my place. It pleases me when something is matter-of-fact and emotional, as particular to its source as it is to something else.

 
 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Colby College (B.A. 1971)
University of Pennsylvania (M.F.A. 1975)


Select Solo Exhibitions

2016
Turning Strange
Portland Museum of Art.
PORTLAND. ME.

2012
Icon Contemporary Art.
BRUNSWICK. ME.

2011
McCoy Gallery of Art.
Merrimack College.
ANDOVER. MA.

2009
Coleman Burke Gallery.
BRUNSWICK. ME.

2009
ICON Contemporary Art.
BRUNSWICK. ME.

2002
ART Gallery.
University of Maine.
FARMINGTON. ME.

2000
Icon Contemporary Art. 
BRUNSWICK. ME.

1998 Icon Contemporary Art.
BRUNSWICK. ME.

1994
Barrows Rotunda.
Dartmouth College.
HANOVER. NH.

1984
Baxter Gallery.
Portland School of Art.
PORTLAND. ME.

1981
Payson Gallery.
University of New England.
PORTLAND. ME.


SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Experiments in Furniture,
Function and Form.
Hunterdon Museum.
CLINTON. NJ.

2013
What Was, Is.
Center for Maine Contemporary Art.
ROCKPORT. ME.

2010
False Documents & Other Illusions.
Portland Museum of Art.
PORTLAND. ME.

2008
2000 Yrs of Sculpture.
Fleisher/Ollman.
PHILADELPHIA.

2007, 2005, 2002
ICON Contemporary Art.
BRUNSWICK. ME.

2006
Biennial.
Center for MaineContemporary Art.
ROCKPORT. ME.

2007, 2001
Biennial.
Portland Museum of Art.
PORTLAND. ME.

2002
Center for Maine Contemporary Art.
ROCKPORT. ME.

2001
Terrain: SculptureToday.
ICA.
PORTLAND. ME.

1997
Round out Sculpture Biennial.
KINGSTON. NY.

1991
Lever House.
NEW YORK. NY.
1991Chesterwood.
STOCKBRIDGE. MA.

1990
Farnsworth Museum.
ROCKLAND. ME.

1990
Del Mar College.
CORPUS CHRISTI. TX.

1989
Perspectives.
Portland Museum of Art.
PORTLAND. ME.

1988
Anne Weber Gallery.
GEORGETOWN. ME.

1983
Bowdoin College.
BRUNSWICK. ME.

1980
United States Embassy.
OTTAWA. CANADA.

1979
Colby College.
WATERVILLE. ME.

1975
Institute Of Contemporary Art.
PHILADELPHIA. PA.

1972
Philadelphia Museum of Art.
PHILADELPHIA. PA.