About thrussellart

painting to commission & exhibition | available for workshops & tuition
thrussellart is the home of the Duncan Thrussell - artist & youth worker.
copyright. DSHT (duncan Stuart Howard Thrussell) | thrussellart

Much of Duncan's art work is based around observations and impressions from nature. 

Duncan's paintings have strong links with figurative and traditional art techniques, however search for something deep, sensual and emotional. Sketches and drawings are worked on in the landscape, then brought back into the studio to be poured over and worked onto canvas and boards. Much of his work centre's around travels and walks through the varied Sussex South Downs countryside.


Born 12 September 1974, St.Albans, Herts, England

1986-1993: Beaumont Secondary School, St.Albans

1993-1995: University of Hertfordshire, St.Albans School of Art and Design

1995-1998: BA(hons) Fine Art Painting 2:1, Northbrook College Sussex

1999-2002: Director/co-ordinator TWELVE MILES WEST / CREATIVE SPACE art studio and Gallery

2000-2003: Dip HE Youth & Community Studies, University of Brighton

2000-2004: Project Manager of 'Project 82', Littlehampton Town Council

2004-March 2011: West Sussex Youth Service, (May 2004-April 2009 Needles & Horsham Youth Centres, April 2009-March 2011, Neighbourhood Youth Worker for Manhood Peninsula)

2010-August 2011: trustee for GALLERY 26, Field Row, Worthing. A company limited by guarantee, set-up to provide support for artists in the area, promoting contemporary art work through exhibitions and workshops http://www.gallery26.org.uk/Gallery26/About_Us.html

March 2011-September 2011: Working with Arun District Council and Littlehampton Town Council as a volunteer to develop 'Arun Arts in Action Network'.

April 2011-present: acting as sole trader under 'THRUSSELLART', 'duncanthrussellart' & 'dshtart'. Creating personal art work for exhibitions and competitions, availability for commissions, consultation, development and project management contract work and running workshops and individual tuition for any age groups. Freelance work includes:

  • (July 2011-Jan 2014) Creative Arts Trustee for Blueprint 22, voluntary youth organisation supporting young people to run their own projects. http://www.blueprint22.org.uk/
  • (Jan 2014-June 2014) Number 18 Project, Bognor Regis. Supporting the development this youth charity as it moves away from direct support of the county council.
September 2011 - 7th April 2013. Employed by Inspire Leisure as Arts in Action coordinator, supporting the development of arts in the Arun District. Post finished due to end of funding.
October 2012 - April 2014: Managing the delivery of x3 youth work sessions for Youth Development Service (West Sussex County Council).

September 2011 - July 2012. Worked from and founded COOPER'S YARD ART STUDIOS in Rustington.

August 2012 - January 2013. Open studio at TRADERS indoor Market, Littlehampton. Using opportunity to develop other affordable artist spaces (ArtsSpace).  http://www.tradersindoormarket.co.uk/ 

December 2012: co-founded LOCA (Littlehampton's Organisation of Contemporary Arts).  

April 2014 - April 2016: coordinating Information, Advice & Guidance (Adur FindItOut) - West Sussex Young People's & Leaving Care Services (West Sussex County Council).

April 2016 - April 2017: Developing arts projects for young people with a multitude of issues - West Sussex Young People's & Youth Emotional Support Services (West Sussex County Council).

April 2017 - to present: Running sessions for Youth Interventions, part of West Sussex County Council's Integrated Partnerships Early Help service.   


15th - 23rd July 2017: Littlehampton Arts Week - x2 art trail venues (Crafter's Corner & Leaders Estate Agents).

17/18 June • 24/25 June • 01/02 July 2017: Worthing Artists Open Houses

13th July - 9th September 2016: 'A Changing View' solo exhibition at Littlehampton Museum. Included in Littlehampton Arts Week, 2016. 

August 2015: part of group show at The Victoria Institute, part of Arundel Gallery Trail 2015

July 2015: exhibition at Fish Factory, Littlehampton. Part of Littlehampton Arts Festival & Arts Week.

1st October 2014 - 31st March 2015: 'Three Views', Rustington Museum. (rustingtonmuseum.org). Group exhibition with Lisa Ridgers and Gay Forster

21st-26th July 2014: Land & Seascapes at The Boathouse Cafe, Littlehampton. Part of Littlehampton Arts Festival 2014.

21st July 2014: 'A Different View' Walk & Shoot photography workshop, part of Littlehampton Arts festival.  

18th August 2013: Arundel Chalk Experience, part of Arundel Art Festival. Drawing murals in chalk, developing a street arts edge to the arts festival.

20th - 27th July 2013: 'Love Littlehampton Arts Festival & Arts Week', working with other artists to facilitate art workshops. Shoreline SculptureChalk on the Prom, Painting demonstration at Habour Park and Artists photo shoot. 

20th - 27th July 2013: Exhibition of work at The Boathouse, Littlehampton Marina, for Littlehampton Arts Trail, part of Love Littlehampton Arts Festival & Arts Week

7th May - 31st August 2013: 'new work'. Exhibition of new paintings at Rustington Museum. 


January 2012: Work featured in window of 'Lostmarbles', Norfolk Road, Littlehampton.

25 February 2012: Open Studio Weekend, Cooper's Yard Art Studio, Rustington.

5 May 2012: Littlehampton Art Market, Windmill Theatre Studio. 

19/20 & 26/27 May 2012: Site specific work work exhibited at Look & Sea Centre, Littlehampton; for Littlehampton Arts Trail (promoting Littlehampton Museum's first ever open art competition and exhibition).

September 2012 - as part of Littlehampton Music & Arts Festival 2012 art work exhibited at Traders Indoor Market.


19-25th March 2011: 'Artist of the Week' Gallery 26.

April 2011-November 2011: Working with Gallery 26 and other artists, together with Arun District Council, to develop a host of art exhibitions and workshops at The Ideas Shop, Beach Road, Littlehampton. Part of Littlehampton Regeneration Scheme.

28th May-5th June 2011: 'Littlehampton Arts Trail'. Group exhibition at The Crown Public House and Littlehampton Museum.

18th/19th June, 25th/26th June & 2nd/3rd July 2011: 'Worthing Open Houses', part of group exhibitions at Gallery 26 and 'Phonie Art' Steyne Gardens telephone box.

8th July 2011: 'Creative Arts Day', Worthing High School. Facilitated portrait drawing workshops for years 8's in the school as part of this school cultural and arts day.

August 2011-September 2011: Various events at Arun Ideas Shop in Littlehampton. Involved in Changing Faces exhibition with Blueprint 22, Solar Array exhibition, with Emma Storey and with artists from Arts in Action 'an exhibition'

26 & 27 November 2011 : Open Studio Weekend, Cooper's Yard Art Studio, Rustington.

3 & 4 December 2011: Contemporary Arts & Crafts Fair, WRVS centre in Rustington, West Sussex.

2010 - present: Various paintings exhibited at Gallery 26, Field Row, Worthing

pre 2010...

July 1998: End of degree exhibitions at Union Place Gallery, Worthing, West Sussex & The Mall Gallery, London.

1999: Diverse Identities, group exhibition at The Hawth, Crawley

1999: Chelsea Art Society Open, Chelsea

2001: Worthing Art Gallery and Museum

2001: 'The Wastes of Silence', Twelve Miles West, Art Studio & Gallery