Tuesday, January 5, 2010

John Douglas

Australian artist John Douglas has received acclaim and caused controversy at home and internationally. His expulsion from Queensland College of Art confirmed his “disruptive and disturbing influence” and initiated a flourish in his artistic career. A seven-time solo exhibitor for Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, John has also exhibited solo and in group shows and film festivals throughout Australia, and had one-man exhibits in Paris, Bangkok, Istanbul, Shanghai, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau and Fort Lauderdale.

John has been a teaching consultant in art therapy at Glenside Psychiatric Hospital in Adelaide and conducts self-expression art workshops. In 2004, he served as Artist in Residence at the famed Lockhart River Aboriginal Community.

With a strong belief in art as therapy and art being primarily about personal expression and growth, John undertook a visit to the Collection de L'Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland, and moderates the Raw Art group on art website redbubble. He occasionally teaches art self-expression workshops for specialty groups.

A 2009 US tour brought his work to venues across the country, including Atlanta’s Museum of Design; MOCA Washington; Laconia Gallery, Boston; Chicago Art Source Gallery, Chicago; and LA Center For Digital Art.

Currently he is working on several film/music projects.