Duncan Bullen was born in Norwich in 1962. He studied at Great Yarmouth College of Art and Design and Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic, he then went onto graduate with a Masters in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art. In 1991 he was awarded a Prix di Rome and after completing this scholarship at the British School he undertook the first of several residencies at the Eremo di Santa Caterina, a former hermitage on the Italian Island of Elba.
In 2005 he was selected from an international application to be artist/scholar at the Experimental Printmaking Institute based at Lafayette College, Pennsylvania. In 2006 he began to reconfigure his practice from one in which drawing was seen as a preparatory stage in the making of a painting or a print, to one in which drawing itself moved to the centre, as an activity in its own right and also as the starting point for an expanded and collaborative practice.
He has had several solo exhibitions since 1992 and his work has been included in many group exhibitions in the United Kingdom, United States of America, Latin America, Africa, the Far East and Europe. He is currently making work from his studio at Phoenix Brighton and for the past year has been collaborating on a limited edition book – Chromatic Fields - with the composer Jamie Crofts.
Since 1999 Duncan has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton, where he is currently Course Leader for Fine Art Printmaking and is Programme Leader for Fine Art.