Gimara Duncan-Rice was born in Queensland, Australia. For the last few years, her art practice has been based in Hertfordshire, England. Being an artist based in different countries has exposed her to a distinctive array of colour palettes, from the ochre of Central Queensland to the muted greens and greys of Yorkshire. These extremes in environs have made Gimara particularly aware of how light affects colour and this feeds her ongoing fascination of colour theory.
Gimara's artistic journey began while working on research project at Kings College London (KCL, UK), where she took anatomical photos with a microscope and made visual notes. Later, she was sponsored by the Creative Industries Development Agency (CIDA) to develop her arts practice. Part of this sponsorship included an opportunity to study a tailored visual arts programme at Artworks (UK): a structured drawing and painting curriculum of work that dealt comprehensively with the creative, analytical and observational act of drawing and painting under the mentorship of Peter Stanyer MA (RCA).
She received instruction in sculpture at City Lit, London. Gimara was also awarded an opportunity to train (and exhibit) in sand sculpture techniques funded by The Sand House, the Arts Council England Lottery, Invest in Doncaster, Success Doncaster. She views her work with fabrics as another sculptural form. Gimara studied Draping Womenswear and Patternmaking at UAL: Central St Martins (Granary Square, London, UK).
Gimara uses a multi-disciplinary approach to her visual arts practice, working with a wide range of different mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. Drawing is seeing and the way she visualises the world has been influenced by her career in within a variety of physical & biological scientific organisations: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, FSA, Kings College London, University of Queensland, CSIRO etc. She often creates trans-disciplinary pieces transcending between art and science to create a type xenogenesis.
The focus of her work has evolved over time. Initially, Gimara studied the form in minute detail, specifically looking for abnormalities, to being drawn to how forms (inorganic or organic) occupy the impermeant space they inhabit. Although her art is often grouped into collections; they are not always hermetic. "I am not interested in limiting myself to one media, one style, one subject. I am fascinated by life, form and science."
Like many professional artists, Gimara designs and delivers art workshops. She landed her first job as an arts educator with Derbyshire County Council's Adult Community Education programme, teaching 'Drawing and Painting Techniques', in Ashbourne. To date, she has held over 70 art workshops for many different types of clients - from her local community college to musuems, councils etc. She also teaches privately through Koala Courses. Currently, she tutors two series of 'drawing and painting' workshops at the Hitchin Campus at North Hertfordshire College (NHC via Hart's Protocol). These leisure workshops form part of NHC's Adult Education Course programme. Gimara introduces beginners to art techniques related to line, shape, form, negative space, chiaroscuro, mark making, colour theory and perspective. For details on the beginners workshops, please visit: https://www.nhc.ac.uk/course/drawing-painting-for-beginners-sept/ for the intermediate workshops, please visit: https://www.nhc.ac.uk/course/drawing-painting-for-improvers/. Aside from 'drawing and painting' workshops, she has developed printmaking and other bespoke workshops, e.g., drawing and painting with watercolour pencils.
Gimara is a member of a-n (The Artist's Information Company), SAA (Society of Artists - Professional Associate), CIF (Creative Industries Federation) and IAA (International Association of Art).
Whether developing paintings, drawings, sculptures, workshops or illustrations, Gimara is interested in building creative collaborations. For more information email, email@example.com.
Commissions, artist's interventions, residencies and community projects etc.
Gimara undertakes comissions, art interventions, residencies and community projects. Just send an email to, firstname.lastname@example.org, and let her know:
- What look are you trying to achieve?
- What medium is right for you?
- What budget do you have in mind?
- Where is the artwork going to hang/reside?
- How much space do you have?
Demonstrations and Workshops
Gimara designed and led 'drawing and painting' workshop programmes for: