Bringing in the Strays 16in x 24in Acrylic On Canvas
Duncan Bruce Allardyce
Born in Vancouver, BC on May 26, 1937, I will soon be 80 years old. I remember being interested in animals from an early age and this interest fed into my passion for the arts. My father was a Biology professor at UBC so maybe that provided me with some direction as well.
I recall when I was younger that I could draw better than most, even as a pre schooler. Horses and African mammals were my favorites. I specialized in elephants and lions. I poured over outdoor magazines and dreamed of being an illustrator, like Bob Kuhn. I read everything I could find about African wildlife and went to every movie that I thought might have footage of a lion. My favorite was "King Solomon's Mines", I saw it five times.
In high school I loved art classes but was not interested in flowers or fruit. When I attended University my life became all about sports, mainly football and rugby. I chose to pursue the Faculty of Medicine, graduated in 1962 and then trained in General Surgery. My surgical practice was at Vancouver General Hospital for 33 years and I am still going at Richmond General. I continued to play rugby with the Kats Rugby Club until I was 55.
I married in 1961 and Linda and I had four children, there are now 7 Grandchildren. I have been divorced and remarried twice. My wife Zheng and I are sharing our days and lives together now.
Needless to say I am not a career artist. In fact, I have never sold a painting. I did not have a painting in a gallery exhibition until 2014. My first ever solo exhibition will be held between May 26th and 27th this year.