Ana Duncan

"Duncan could be described as an heir and executor of the Romantic Movement. She readily channels the pathos and passion of the Golden Age of the Irish sculptural movement, pushing it into 21st century terms. This is wonderfully refreshing. She makes moulds and then creates wax copies from the moulds. This permits control over the piece until the casting stage. The wax is taken into the foundry where it is finally cast in bronze." - Jennifer Goff, INT.BA, MA, Mlit, Curator of Eileen Gray Exhibition National Museum of Ireland

Ana Duncan was born in Dublin, and works primarily in bronze and ceramic from her studio in Churchtown. Though the female figure has been a subject of focus, a recent body of work was inspired by patterns and forms in the natural world. 

Most recently, in 2021 she completed two large scale public commissions in bronze for Suzhou; the 'Observer’, located in  The Hall, Chip Valley in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China and ’Captive’, located in Sand Lake Fund Town, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, standing at 1.5M high.


In 2015 she was invited to participate in a Sculpture Symposium in the United States, where she completed a 2.5m high Stainless Steel Public Sculpture which was sited at the entrance to Mine Falls Park, Nashua, New Hampshire. Other public commissions include a life size Mother and Child for Tallaght Hospital, Dublin.

She has exhibited in numerous galleries and exhibitions around Ireland since 1992 including F.E McWilliam Gallery, Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Ulster Academy, Claremorris Open, Boyle Arts Festival, Sculpture in Context at Fernhill Gardens, Dublin Castle, and the National Botanic Gardens.

Her work has also travelled to exhibitions in Belfast, Boston, Britany, London, Paris, and Scotland. She has had solo exhibitions in 2004 and 2010, and has been involved in many two and three person exhibitions in several galleries including the National Botanic Gardens in 2015.

Other pieces are represented in the collections of the Office of Public Works, Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland, Morrison Hotel in Tannery, and several other private collections in Ireland USA, UK, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, and Portugal.

Ana was a joint exhibition coordinator of Sculpture in Context, one of Ireland’s largest outdoor exhibitions from 2000 to 2013. Her main influences are the work of Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Botero, Picasso, F.E McWilliam, among others, and the simplicity of Brancusi.