20062018
If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Research interests

Duncan Bullen is Deputy Head for Research and Enterprise in the School of Art at the University of Brighton.

 

Duncan's research interests are grounded in the materiality of manual drawing. He is particularly concerned with tactile, repetitive, reductive, non-representational drawing strategies which he aligns with the practice of mindfulness meditation. He is interested in how drawing mindfully may communicate spatially as a means to trace the immediacy of the first-person experience, one that engages in perceptual acuity and how drawing enables an intimate engagement with the world through the enactment of mind-body states and actions.

He situates his research within a comparative context that draws on a pragmatic - phenomenological perspective and the convergence of thinking from Eastern and Western philosophies and Japanese aesthetics. With this comes an increasing interest in arts-health -wellbeing and the reciprocity between practitioner and world as ameliorative development. 

Duncan places particular value on art practice as research, not only as a way of generating new knowledge but also as a means that can transform understanding and deliver impact. Duncan's practice-based-research is one, 'that does not assume the separation of subject and object, and does not observe a distance between the researcher and the practice of art. Instead, the artistic practice itself is an essential component of both the research process and the research results' (Borgdorff 2007). 

 

"Bullen … imposes grid-like structures upon his work... .He accepts the subjective chromatic experience of viewers, dependent on their own physiologies as well as ambient conditions, and cites colour’s distinctiveness as ‘its ability to speak to us in ways that are fluid, flexible and fleeting." Davey, Richard and Mottram, Judith, Contemporary art and colour thinking. Journal of the International Colour Association (2012) 6, 1-5.

Scholarly biography

Duncan has worked at the University since 1999, and during this time, he has held many roles within his subject area (Fine Art) and across the School of Art (SoA), previously Art, Design & Media (ADM). These included Module Leader and Course Leader (Fine Art Printmaking and Academic Programme Leader for Fine Art (FA), including an 18-month period 2014- 2015 when he was also academic programme leadership responsibility for Photography, Moving Image and Sound. Duncan is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is External Examiner for BA(Hons) Drawing and Printmaking at the University of West of England.

 

Duncan's day-to-day work is as Deputy Head of School for Research and Enterprise with responsibility for providing strategic, professional and academic leadership, with a particular focus on the development and implementation of the School of Art's research and enterprise plan. Duncan chairs the Schools Research and Enterprise Committee, which supports the productive and vibrant environment for research and enterprise and for raising the Schools profile internally and externally. Duncan sits on several committees within the School and across the wider leadership of the University.

 

Duncan initially trained in Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic where he gained a first-class degree in 1988. He then completed an MA in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 1991 after which he was the recipient of a Prix d' Rome: Printmaking Scholarship, spending 1991-92 at the British School at Rome. Duncan then undertook a series of residencies at the Eremo di Santa Caterina, a former hermitage on the Italian Island of Elba, which shaped an interest in contemplative image making and mindfulness practice. Increasing interest in Asian aesthetics and philosophy have led co-curation of recent projects such as Methodology of the Edition; an International printmaking project from three universities and three 

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Royal College of Art

25 Sep 198915 Jun 1991

External positions

External Examiner, University of the West of England

16 Oct 201630 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • NE Print media
  • Drawing Research
  • Drawing
  • NC Drawing Design Illustration
  • Drawing Research

Fingerprint Fingerprint is based on mining the text of the person's scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, which defines the key subjects of each individual researcher.

  • 44 Similar Profiles
artist Social Sciences
edition Social Sciences
printer Social Sciences
art Social Sciences
print media Social Sciences
cultural relations Social Sciences
knowledge acquisition Social Sciences
methodology Social Sciences

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2006 2018

In Line

Bullen, D. 18 Jan 2018

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Open Access
File
Artist
Saturation
Sensory Perception
Wall Paintings
Video Installation

Marks Make Meaning: Drawing across the disciplines

Lyon, P. & Bullen, D. 9 Mar 2018

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Open Access
File
edition
abstraction
field research
artist
methodology

Drawing via Dialogue: Brighton and Nagoya

Bullen, D., Fox, J., Benn, T., Feinson, N. & Stevens, C. 9 Dec 2016

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Open Access
File
dialogue
art
artist
student exchange
spoken language

Activities 2015 2017

  • 3 Invited talk
  • 2 Conference
  • 1 Exhibition, performance

4th International Visual Methods conference

Bullen, D. (Participant), Radvan, J. (Participant)
17 Sep 2017

Activity: Conference

Drawing Phenomenology

Bullen, D. (Participant)
20 Sep 2017

Activity: Conference

File

'Drawing: being present, making present'

Lyon, P. (Presenter), Bullen, D. (Presenter), Fox, J. (Presenter)
15 Jul 2016

Activity: Invited talk

File

This is Change

Lyon, P. (Organiser), Bullen, D. (Organiser), Laura Coleman (Organiser), Alice Clayton (Organiser)
9 Dec 201523 Dec 2015

Activity: Exhibition, performance

Drawing Breath

Bullen, D. (Presenter)
10 Dec 2015

Activity: Invited talk