Father Douglas osf
Father Douglas osf
I paint figments with varied levels of connection to reality. Within that parameter I am probing relationships between connection and separation, similarity and difference, image and self. By using dogs as models they become innocent witnesses to these events unfolding around them. My works may invite confusion on several levels however the meaning will be generated in the process of “sorting things out”.
My method of using traditional mediums with contemporary supports implements the concept of difference while the use of painting objects in a surreal manner becomes an aide-mémoire to the fragility of life. I regard my works to be memento mori or vanitas paintings, symbolizing the transience of life.
When trying to explain the “why” behind my work I always find myself trying to justify my art, but truly it is a manifestation of my thoughts, beliefs and experiences or desires that somehow establish themselves as a concrete idea that can be defined and created as a visual image. Unlike a photograph that records an event as it truly is, my work records real images in an unrealistic manner or in an unconventional setting. Many a time I will include humour or light-heartedness in my works as I find this can help to dispel any tension that may be present as everyone enjoys a good laugh and art need not always be overly serious in order to be thought-provoking.
Father Douglas is a member of the Religious Order of Franciscan Missionary Brothers and has completed his Fine Arts Certificate at the University Of Alberta Faculty Of Extension in Edmonton. He was a recipient of the Harry Wohlfarth Memorial Award (U of A Faculty of Extension) in 2006 and 2011. He also holds diplomas in Theatre Craft & Design from the Banff Centre where he was on full scholarship for four years. Now being retired he is able to devote his complete time towards being an emerging professional artist. He has two Public Art works on display in Edmonton. One is a 400sq. foot stained glass mural at the Belvidere LRT Station and the second is a 40 foot long acrylic mural in Country Cookin’ Restaurant. He enjoys working in various mediums and is fully competent in all of them. His fondness for dogs has led him to complete several series of works on dogs and he hopes to become known and appreciated for his dog paintings even though he is encouraged by others to continue painting landscapes and still life. His works are included in several private and public art collections including The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, the City of Edmonton and U of A Hospital. He has taken part in numerous exhibitions in Edmonton and area as well as Calgary and area. He currently resides in his order’s friary in Edmonton.
10/2016 - Works on Paper - Southern Jubilee Auditorium - Calgary, AB
08/2016 - Works on Paper - Northern Jubilee Auditorium - Edmonton, AB
10/2015 - Songs of the Soul - McMullen Gallery - Edmonton, AB
02/2015 - Songs of the Soul - Visual Arts Alberta- CARFAC - Edmnoton, AB