One of my go to reads when looking for inspiration is the Shop Talk series on the blog Glitter Guide. The series features extremely talented and inspiring people discussing their professional lives. Each person is photographed in their work environments and gives us, readers, a mini virtual tour of the space where “all the magic happens”. Yesterday, they featured a very cool artist named Teil Duncan.
Teil is a hugely talented young painter, who lives and works in Charleston, SC. After graduating with her degree in art, which she then thought useless, due to the country’s depressing economic state, she moved to Charleston and began working various random jobs. Feeding her love of art, she decided to visited Redux Contemporary Art Center, a studio warehouse that encourages and supports artists in turning their passion into their profession. Teil was extremely inspired by the artists working in the space, especially the young female painters whose careers were, actually, thriving. She was so inspired that she decided to take a huge leap, quit her job and join the Redux community. She spent her first year painting a few commission pieces, along with subjects she chose. With the help of a small loan and consistent time in her studio, she became able to support herself as a full-time painter.
Glitter Guide gives us a peek into her painting studio here.
Teil says she’s inspired by “light, movement, surprising color combinations, social interaction, and patterns.” She combines those elements and “forms abstracted, pixellated compositions”, which are absolutely stunning.
My favorite pieces are from her “Beaches” series. And I’m obviously, not alone because every painting has been sold!
Teil’s paintings are mostly of figures, whether she’s “painted a long expanse of figures on a beach or honed in on one single figure posing nude”, like in her Figure Studies.
On her website she writes that she’d “like for the observer to feel a casual, yet upbeat and sophisticated mood evoked from my work.”
I’d say we feel that and more.