American artist Duane Anderson paints representational urban scenes that hint to the world of the magical and surreal. Working primarily in transparent watercolor on paper, Anderson creates spacious and highly detailed images that both reflect scenes from our modern world and also hint at something more. Anderson’s skillful use of light and shadow in his unique compositions lend expressionist elements that stir recognition in the viewer along with a strong sense of place and time. The inherent spontaneity of his medium (the immediacy of the watercolor paints) serves to heighten this effect.
As a Professor of Architecture at Bakersfield College in California, where he currently lives, Anderson brings a strong understanding of the nature of line, form, and spatial relationships to his urbanscapes and marina scenes. The intensity and depth of color and his use of perspective in his compositions help create a signature style that extends across his body of work. The meaning is meant to be emotive, with very little in terms of agenda. As Anderson explains, “For me, art is about subjective, emotive aesthetics and enjoying the process of interpreting the world as I experience it.”