In 1996 Stuart Duffin was invited to work in Jerusalem at the Jerusalem Print Workshop for a month as part of an international artists exchange with the Glasgow Print Studio. He has returned several times since. He has stated that nowhere more than in the Holy City did he experience the loss of paradise, or our separation from God/the divine/our humanity in a more painfully obvious way. All of his work since then has been a result of the experiences, thoughts and memories of Jerusalem.
The works are, on one hand, simple still lifes of familiar (to me) everyday objects. But on the other hand there is symbolism attached to them. The political and religious strife of the Middle East is the backdrop for his messages of hope. The old maps and modern views of Jerusalem or the street of prophets road sign, central to the whole body of my work, expresses the view that the welfare of Jerusalem acts as a barometer to our own spiritual welfare, not only as individuals but of collectively as a society.
Stuart is often heralded as one of the world’s leading mezzotint artists and uses the process to produce exceptional large scale works exploring the fragility of life and the influence of history. The artist’s Tabula Rasa series focuses on Jerusalem and the cross-cultural spirituality of the holy city.
Born in 1959, Stuart studied at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland, graduating in fine art printmaking in 1982. He has been a member of staff at the Glasgow Print Studio since 1984 and has been Studio Manager from 1989 – 2002 and is currently working primarily in etching and mezzotint as the studio etcher.